During CAMX 2015, Rick Spears chatted with a friend at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) exhibit. Spears’ company, TruDesign in Knoxville, Tenn., had collaborated with ORNL on coatings for the retro Shelby Cobra sports car on display, which was designed and produced in just six weeks using additive manufacturing. Displayed nearby the eye-catching car was the 3D-printed mold used to create the hood. Wowed by the Cobra, Spears’ friend suggested they go into the 3D-printed car business. Spears remembers pointing at the Cobra and saying, “That is a million-dollar business.” Then he pointed to the mold and said, “That is a billion-dollar business.”

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