3D printing holds not just the potential for new and more efficient methods of manufacturing certain existing products but also poses the challenge of imagining entirely new products. The technology can also greatly speed some processes, such as producing dental crowns, but it does have its limitations. "3D printing is not suited to making most of the products that we use today. You cannot print a Stradivarius just as you can't print an iPad," observed Materialise CEO Wilfried Vancraen.

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