A stunning look at what will happen to global industry as 3-D printing quickly becomes a worldwide phenomenon – and how this will influence our economic and geopolitical landscape. Best-selling author Richard D’Aveni contends that the advent of industrial-sized 3-D printing will have a far-reaching impact that most corporate and governmental leaders have yet to anticipate.
3-D printing isn’t just a cute little desktop technology for churning out trinkets and prototypes. D’Aveni reveals that recent breakthrough advances in additive manufacturing have been secretly adapted by Fortune 500 companies so that they can now manufacture jet engines, huge turbines, airplanes, automobiles, and pretty much everything in just a matter of days – not weeks or months.
Not only is this amazing technology changing the manufacturing, but as D’Aveni contends, it will also have a dramatic effect on the world economy. A handful of massively networked corporations, or “pan-industrials” will become as important as any software giant in restructuring the global order.
D’Aveni delivers a clear and compelling roadmap of this revolution that highlights both the opportunities and perils of what lies ahead.