Ok, so Boeing is 3-D printing airplane components now. What does it mean for you?
- Printing 3-D objects is going to get cheaper (soon). But that's anybody's guess
- Soon you'll be concerned about the cost and quantity of printing material your children are using for their homework and for playing
- Traditional supply chain is going to enter a disruption phase. Even for Boeing - it's much easier to simply print a worn-out part for replacement
How about reducing material usage? Or playing with material properties in a hitherto unexplored way? Enter Metal Foams - with the only difference being that now it'll be possible to control exactly how porous the material will be at each load-bearing point.
A whole new era of material sciences beckons!