• Tools made with 3D printing. Photo credit: MIT 3DP Lab

    Imagine the scenario. You go to your local car dealership for a replacement part. A bracket has sheared in your engine bay and components are rattling against each other making every journey a nightmare. Only trouble is, a replacement part won't be in stock for another few weeks. "Not to worry Sir, we'll have one for you in an hour". Disappearing into the back, he starts up a computer attached to an Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) printer, selects the required part, and within the hour the mechanics begin fitting the complicated metal bracket full of hollows, bolt holes and engraved...

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