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Three-dimensional (3D) printing, often called “additive manufacturing,” was virtually unknown to the general public just six years ago. Today, it is a multi-billion dollar aspect of many industries and is quickly supplanting traditional design and manufacturing techniques.

Insurers should be asking whether this type of manufacturing creates exposures different from well-known methods such as casting, forging and molding, or subtractive manufacturing methods such as milling, cutting and machining.

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