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A 3D revolution: the future is now


“Any customer can have a car painted any colour he wants, so long as it’s black,”. Thus Henry Ford in the early 1900’s rued the limitations of his own industrial revolution. The assembly line made products available only the elite could previously afford. But they were all the same.


This system remained essentially unchanged until the 80s. Japan's Toyota later perfected the process by adding the possibility of countless variations, while keeping the basics of the assembly line system unchanged. Now a new revolution is upon us. New manufacturing technologies are now enabling the low-cost production of what are essentially prototypes.

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“Any customer can have a car painted any colour he wants, so long as it’s black,”. Thus Henry Ford in the early 1900’s rued the limitations of his own industrial revolution. The assembly line made products available only the elite could previously afford. But they were all the same.


This system remained essentially unchanged until the 80s. Japan’s Toyota later perfected the process by adding the possibility of countless variations, while keeping the basics of the assembly line system unchanged. Now a new revolution is upon us. New manufacturing technologies are now enabling the low-cost production of what are essentially prototypes.

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