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The Next Industrial Revolution: How We Will Make Things in the 21st Century and Why It Matters

March 2013

Citation: 43 ELR 10232

Issue: 3

Author: David Rejeski

Over the past three years, the additive manufacturing market is estimated to have grown by almost 20% to about $1.2 billion. It is already being used to make prosthetic
devices, architectural components, parts for automobiles or airplanes, jewelry, textiles, sports equipment, and even specialty foods. Over time, additive manufacturing will
become cheaper and more precise and will enable construction down to a nano-scale, atom by atom. But these changes are only the beginning.

David Rejeski is Director, Science and Technology Innovation Program, Woodrow Wilson Center.

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