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This trends and developments update from the SME Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing (RTAM) Technical Community discusses advancements in 3D imaging, medical applications, direct digital manufacturing, materials, and Web-based content. Among the key observations are that there will be continued industry consolidation, rapidly expanding technology capabilities, exponential numbers of new companies, niche business models, substantial application discovery, and market displacements.
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