People debate whether 3D printing / additive manufacturing will really have an impact on design and manufacturing. Hod Lipson, professor at Columbia University, recently gave a presentation on why 3D printing will definitely disrupt what we know of today as design and manufacturing. Here are his 8 reasons. (Click on the page numbers at the bottom of the image for the next disrupters.)
1. No assembly required
The ability to build whole assemblies, rather than parts that must be put together later, eliminates a number of costs common with other methods of manufacturing.