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3D printing makes it in the real world

Additive manufacturing has gone mainstream, being used to create product parts that would be impossible or too expensive to make otherwise

Adidas’s latest 4DFWD running shoe features a 3D-printed midsole that is ‘precisely tuned for controlled energy return’

When major international brands like Adidas, BMW and Siemens start using a niche technology in their main production processes, you know it has arrived. That’s the case with 3D printing, known in industry circles as additive manufacturing.

Long favoured as a means of prototyping and developing proof-of-concept models, the era of mass adoption of 3D printing is here, and it’s an era that Irish companies and educators are determined to play a role in.

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