Video: This Custom Part Illustrates the Promise of Polymer 3D Printing

A low-quantity plastic part used instead of metal components saved weight for a motorcycle. The application illustrates the expanding opportunities for polymer manufacturing.

In this video, Plural Additive Manufacturing president Ed Israel describes an application of using plastic to replace a metal component on a motorcycle, saving weight. This small success illustrates a big idea: how 3D printing can expand the opportunities for plastics, since 3D printing’s freedom from mold tooling means polymer components now can be produced cheaply at small quantities.

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