Sales of 3-D printing machines capable of printing metal objects has risen rapidly, especially in the aerospace industry. In 2015, companies purchased 808 machines capable of building metal parts layer-by-layer, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s MIT Technology Review, citing a report by Terry Wohlers. That compares to 550 in 2014 and 353 in 2013. While sales growth may seem small, the machines cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to $1 million each. “A ...

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