A Study on 3D Printing and its Effects on the Future of Transportation

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CAIT project no.: CAIT-UTC-NC19

Fiscal Year: 2014/2015

Status: Final

Rutgers-CAIT Author(s): Joey Sanchez, Ph.D., Patrick Szary, Ph.D.

External Author(s): MaryGrace Parker

Sponsor(s): FHWA - RITA, I-95 Corridor Coalition

Principal investigator(s): Omar Jumaah, Doctoral Candidate

Performing organization(s): Rutgers CAIT

Managing organization: Rutgers CAIT

In cooperation with: CAIT Central Administration
Partner project manager: Patrick Szary, Ph.D., CAIT Associate Director

Supported by: USDOT-ORST-R

UTC, grant, or agreement no.: DTRT13-G-UTC28


This study is an initial forecast into the potential impact that 3D printing will have, and as such, it will mainly consist of an extensive literature review and business survey.

The literature review will examine:

1) Variety of the applications of 3D printing that currently are underway, and

2) The various users such as:

i) personal users,

ii) small businesses, and

iii) large businesses.

During the literature review, suitable topics for further investigation will be chosen to develop a small study of the effect that 3D printing may have on the selected subjects. Additionally, appropriate businesses in relation to the selected subjects will be surveyed to determine the effects 3D printing technology will have on their business models.


Taken together, an conceptual analysis of the literature review and business survey will provide an initial forecast into the potential effects that 3D printing technology will have in the future.