Carbon3D's amazing new Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) device was recently unveiled at the TED conference, and blew attendees away with its uncanny ability to produce commercial quality objects at blistering speeds.
This gadget significantly improves on the pace and precision of conventional 3D manufacturing processes by "growing" objects out of resin rather than printing them in layers. This method gets rid of the stratification of individually printed layers, which can result in objects that are inconsistently crafted and structurally weak. The result is a machine that can print products out of a variety of polymer-based materials at speeds ranging between 25 and 100 times faster than traditional 3D printing.
3D printing itself seems like a very new innovation, but the momentum of technological innovation in the field with devices like the Carbon3D goes to show that there's a lot of territory yet to be explored in the realm of rapid product manufacturing.