Few recent cutting-edge innovations have generated as much excitement as 3-D printing. While Stratasys and 3D Systems are among the big players, companies like General Electric and United Technologies are also using this kind of technology. In this audio segment, Andrew Zolli, author of the just-released Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back, analyzes the future of 3-D printing and shares why he believes industries like medical research, creative life sciences, and construction will be among the first to benefit.

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