Could 3D Printing Change the World: Technologies, Potential, and Implications of Additive Manufacturing

From the Atlantic Council  (a non partisan institution devoted to promoting transatlantic cooperation and international security) comes this October 2011 report about 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing (AM) 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing (AM) which they see as a “revolutionary emerging technology” that could transform the approaches to design and manufacturing and in doing have huge implications for the existing social, geopolitical, economic systems.  It is a fascinating report which concludes with “AMI is on a track to move beyond a mere emerging techology into a truly transformative technology: The ability to locally print almost any designable object would have strong repercussions across our society.”