New technologies that promise a lot, but deliver little, are common. 3-D printing has recently emerged from 20 years of quiet development to sudden global awareness. Considering the many wild predictions made about its potential, one might assume it was another fad that cannot live up to its own hype. Peter Sander is responsible for 3-D-printed metal-part projects at Airbus Emerging Technologies & Concepts. He has been at the forefront of this emerging technology—additive layer ...

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