Video: Microfactories, Large-Scale Machines and 3D Printers in Schools

Lonnie Love of Oak Ridge National Laboratories discusses the various factors that will contribute to the advance of additive manufacturing.
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“Every company that makes something…needs to understand where additive is at today and where it’s going,” says Lonnie Love of Oak Ridge National Laboratory in this video.

Two significant developments he sees are microfactories and large-scale additive systems. What happens when production facilities get smaller and more flexible while additive manufacturing equipment achieves larger sizes and higher speeds? Love says either one of those developments, not to mention both of them together, could dramatically expand the use of AM.

Another important factor will be young people’s early exposure to 3D printing in schools, he says.​