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3-D Printing and Energy Efficiency: 3-D printing, also known by its technical name of “additive manufacturing,...

3-D Printing and Energy Efficiency: 3-D printing, also known by its technical name of “additive manufacturing,...

3-D printing, also known by its technical name of “additive manufacturing ,” is a concept that makes tech-heads and entrepreneurs bubble with excitement. President Obama even gave 3-D printing a shout-out in his recent State of the Union address, talking about a government-sponsored lab in Ohio for testing and scaling new technologies: “There’s no reason this can’t happen in other towns,” he said. Indeed, 3-D manufacturing could make any town a hub for the production of goods — or any home for that matter. As costs for 3-D printing technology continue to drop, theoretically, in the near future, anyone could produce toys, car parts, batteries, clothing, and a range of other products the consumer (now the manufacturer!) dreams up. This could dramatically improve the efficiency of the economy. In an oft-cited study, the Department of Energy estimated that 3-D printing can red...

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