CAMPBELL, R.I., BOURELL, D. and GIBSON, I., 2012. Additive manufacturing: rapid prototyping comes of age. Rapid Prototyping Journal, 18 (4), pp. 255 - 258.
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide a personalised view by the Editors of the Rapid Prototyping Journal.
Design/methodology/approach – It collects their years of experience in a series of observations and experiences that can be considered as a snapshot of where this technology is today.
Findings – Development of these technologies has progressed according to application, materials and how the designers have applied their creativity to such a unique manufacturing tool.
Originality/value – The paper predicts how the future of additive manufacturing will look from the perspective of three key elements: applications, materials and design.