As part of ALPORA’s research in the field of innovation, we use a variety of tools to identify and describe in detail new and emerging trends at an early stage. Big Data analysis tools, such as the NETCULATOR, allow us to fully describe these trends and provide these latest insights: 3D Printing.
3D printing is the process of producing complex three-dimensional shapes from digital images. The materials used range from plastic and metal to living cells, and are generally deposited in layers to create the desired shape. 3D printing is frequently used for the development of prototypes due to the high degree of flexibility and the relatively low costs.