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These days, it seems that everything has the word “virtual” in front of it to hype yet another advance in technology. From virtual reality goggles to virtual money such as Bitcoin, the concept of producing a traditional product using ever-increasing computing power coupled with the internet seems to be everywhere. To understand the impact of 3D modelling one need only look at 3D printing, the much-hyped technology of the last few years. While the promise of printing anything and everything on a printer in our living rooms will probably never come to pass, the technology has been aggressively adopted in manufacturing in the form of rapid prototyping and product development to improve time to market for new products and reduce cost. In many industries, the use of 3D printing for prototyping and R&D has reduced cost and development time more than 90%.