A man is seen admiring 3-D models made with HP printers at Industry Week in Barcelona, Spain. The objective is to accelerate the use of technologies and industrial sectors such as robotics, molds and matrices, new materials and 3-D printing.
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A French cosmetics giant uses one to create artificial skin. A Wisconsin start-up designs ceramic guides that pinpoint tumors in individual cancer patients. Workers on a remote North Sea oil rig make replacement parts on the spot rather than wait days for a ship or helicopter to arrive.
All these actions are made possible by one technology: 3-D printing. Developed in the 1980s, 3-D printers create…