Dr. Phil Reeves will provide an in-depth and up-to-date overview of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing by reviewing state-of-the-art Rapid Prototyping, including a review of desktop and production technologies capable of processing polymeric, metallic, and ceramic materials. This session will consider the important and rapidly developing opportunities afforded by digital materials and multimaterial 3D printing. Phil will address trends to use these technologies beyond prototyping in the manufacture of casting patterns and tooling inserts, and in the production of end-use part, and will outline the primary business drivers for companies adopting this ‘new’ manufacturing approach, including low volume production economics, product personalization, product life cycle sustainability, and supply chain compression. This session will address design opportunities afforded by using 3D printing, including the realization of complex and topologically-optimized geometries, mass product customizations and through-lifecycle ‘green ‘design considerations. Phil will conclude by looking at how 3D Printing is democratizing manufacturing by engaging consumers in the design and manufacturing processes through online design tools and home-based 3D printing systems.