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Local 3D Printing Hubs Bring Manufacturing Back To US: Smart America Expo

July 30, 2014

Imaginestics is a start-up out of West Lafayette, Indiana, founded by Nainesh Rathod. At the Smart America Expo, Rathod was part of a team that demonstrated the potential impact of “Smart Shape Technology” on 3D printing and local manufacturing hubs.

The system lets you can take a picture of a part of a larger device with a mobile phone, and then identify a local retailer where this part can be found or instantly print it at a local neighborhood 3D printing service provider.

The demonstration showed how Smart Shape Technology — using novel shape search, active label, smart hubs and 3D printing technologies — can create local jobs and increase local skills.

Credit: National Science Foundation



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