3D Printing Coming to the Manufacturing Space—and Outer Space

Under giant windows overlooking the San Francisco Bay, a printer the size of a photocopier whirs at Autodesk. Beneath the glass lid, a mechanical arm with a nozzle moves back and forth. This isn’t your typical printout—the machine deposits ultrathin layers of melted plastic, rather than ink, and it’s forming an actual lamp with fluid curves. It’s a holiday gift for the chief technology officer.

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