The Role of Professional Engineers in Promoting Health, Safety, and Property Protection
Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) is a versatile, cross-industry technology that has the potential to drastically improve engineering, manufacturing, and supply chains. It is one of the major technologies driving the evolution to industry 4.0 or smart factories. The manufacturing technology has found a broad range of applications across many industry segments from construction to tissue engineering. The versatility of the manufacturing technology is both a benefit and a detriment. The technology allows for the intentional design and fabrication of structures with anisotropic properties. It can also lead to large variability in properties if variables are not properly controlled. The technology also allows for distributed manufacturing of single part or small runs near the point of consumption. It can also lead to difficulties in verifying conformance to specifications, standards, and regulations, and to securing intellectual property. The use of the technology requires small manufacturing facilities Some specific additive manufacturing technologies create hazardous locations.
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