The advantages of 3-D printing as a model and prototype-making process have excited the overall product development community. This is because of quick lead times and new design freedoms that offer flexibilities not found in previous tooling-based prototyping and modeling technologies. In fact, for some very low-quantity applications, such as personalized medical implants, 3-D printing has reportedly been used as a limited-run production technology. Therefore, it is natural that the successes experienced by those using the method in the “Macro-world” would inspire similar experimentation in the “Micro-world”, too.
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