The Mis-Adventures in Technology of an Old Dog Learning New Tricks…

CBS Detroit

DEARBORN (WWJ) — There’s been a lot of hype about 3D printing lately — 3D printed pizza, chocolate, toys, cell phone accessories — even precision manufactured products like hearing aids. With 3D printers falling to under $500 in price, there are predictions that there will soon be one in every home.

Well, the world’s 5,000 foremost experts in 3D printing will gather at Detroit’s Cobo Center in June for a global conference.

Sponsored by SME, formerly known as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the 25th annual Rapid conference will be held at Cobo June 9-12. It’s the first time the event has been in Detroit since 2007.

Of course, SME uses some different words for 3D printing — phrases that now sound a bit antiquated, like “rapid prototyping” or “additive manufacturing.” But after all, this technology has been around for more than 25 years — although the machines that now…

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