Being able to immediately print parts or products in-house has the potential to transform manufacturing because it lowers the costs and risks significantly. No longer does a producer have to make thousands, or hundreds of thousands, of items to recover his fixed costs. The concept of 3D printing also enables manufacturers to customise the products or parts that are being printed.
Many industries are already benefitting from 3D printing, in particular in healthcare and aero-manufacturing with some body parts even being printed to help save lives. The ISS (International Space Station) have also adopted this technology as they can print and therefore fix anything that breaks on board, simply from a digital file. Although, still in it’s early stages a new industrial revolution may be on the way.