To make a difference, IIoT and 3-D printing must produce superior goods

By Vivek R. Dave, Nevan C. Hanumara and Mark J. Cola

Since its inception, additive manufacturing has shown great promise, provoking endless media interest and public attention. With potential applications like 3-D-printed organs, stem cell-producing "biopens" and 3-D-printed planes, the possibilities are limitless. While there is a lot of hype around these innovative, world-changing applications and their potential for market growth, making them a reality is difficult. Additive manufacturing still lacks effective ways to track process consistency and repeatability as well as quality assurance. To be able to mass produce these products effectively, a more efficient way to monitor the process is needed.

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