Additive manufacturing was once widely considered just a gimmicky way to create some complicated-yet-flimsy little plastic part. It had no place in an industrial setting where machinists carved into giant steel hunks to sculpt smooth, shiny works of functional art.
After all, you need giant, powerful machining tools on the factory floor, not some oversized Easy-Bake Oven. As companies need to do more with less, the subtractive way of manufacturing seems a bit wasteful.
Here's a look at how current 3D printing methods are building their case for widespread adoption in every industry.