Most of us know that the aerospace industry has been an early adopter of this technology, but is it possible we could someday fly in an AM airplane? Boeing is working toward that end, and this article talks about some of the benefits and also the challenges to get there.
Another seemingly unlikely application for AM technology is pipes and tubes for the oil country. A technology-sharing agreement was created in China to develop special 3D-printing materials and processes for the production of high-grade, large-caliber and thick-walled three-way pipe fittings. For more.