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Smart factories for digital manufacturing with 3-D printers in the Mars colonies. @jasoncarbon3D Bob Zimmerman BehindtheBlack.com

"Innovative fabrication techniques and applications demand innovative approaches to materials (12, 13). For example, advances in photoresist materials drove the miniaturization of electronic circuits. The resulting capabilities in 3D digital manufacturing could create business models built around digital part design, data management, and emerging chemistries designed for the digital age. The impact of polymer-based AM processes on how goods are manufactured is expected to increase in the coming years as recent innovations address challenges and emerging technologies shift the perception that AM is not suitable for manufacturing.

Perhaps even more exciting, AM holds the promise to connect the digital thread from design to production, enabling so-called “smart” factories. Using network-connected manufacturing tools to collect and manage data opens exciting possibilities in part serialization, tracking, and troubleshooting. Furthermore, integrating software-controlled fabrication tools with advances in materials science presents new capabilities in “digital chemistry,” where final part properties can be controlled and adjusted simply by using software…."

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