Explaining the Synergy between IoT and 3D Printing

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2Q 2014 | IN-1019362


3D Printing Doesn’t Fit into the Usual IoT Narrative—But Don’t Ignore It


3D printing (or additive manufacturing) is, in my view, perhaps the most overlooked technology driver for the Internet of Things. Its absence from the industry discussions most probably stems from the fact that as a topic it does not directly fall within any of the domains that have thus far been leading the conversation. By and large, most of the major IoT pioneers and advocates tend to look at the topic through a certain lens, be it networks (e.g., Cisco, Ericsson), semiconductors (e.g., Intel, Qualcomm), or software (e.g., IBM, Salesforce.com), so usually it is the technologies captured within these lenses that get talked up the most. Meanwhile, 3D printing is currently a s...

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