It is abundantly clear that additive manufacturing (AM), whether in plastic, metal, or human tissue, is a manufacturing game changer. But as with any manufacturing method, design for that method must be considered. In that case of digital manufacturing, we get to let down our hair and let go of having to consider those pesky tool paths. It’s liberating!
However, I know I should still be cautiously optimistic. Just because I can build internal cavities and crazy organic shapes (non-rectangular), I still need to consider the 3D printing process types, materials, and methods.