3D printing is also known as additive manufacturing. It could make small-scale, custom production cost effective. Although offering promising possibilities, however, many 3D printing technologies have yet to be developed to the point where they can be used on an industrial scale.
As standards for 3D printing are still in their infancy, manufacturers are reluctant to use this technology on a large scale. They would be working without a frame of reference for quality requirements and the safety of 3D printed products. To avoid a proliferation of standards, organisations such as ISO and ASTM are currently working together to establish a list of definitions and principles for 3D printing processes.
SMITZH field labs that possess expertise in this area: RAMLAB