3D Printing

3D printing is the processes used to create a three-dimensional object in which layers of material are formed under computer control to create an object. The earliest applications of this technology was for rapid prototyping in the manufacturing industry - saving time and effort in the design phase of a new product. It is also gaining traction in the medical industry where bespoke replacement body parts can be produced rapidly in a way that was never possible before. As the technology matures and machinery and running costs become more affordable, we're likely to see more applications of the technology within retail where the production of a 3D printed personalised product could create a point of differentiation in the crowded retail sector.