This publication aims to provide timely and relevant information on the major ICT trends and the implications of these trends. It serves as a knowledge resource for policymakers and government officials in Asia and the Pacific to increase their awareness and appreciation for the continuously evolving ICT landscape. It intends to present a broad understanding of how new and emerging ICT trends could be utilized to support sustainable and inclusive development.
This publication is a collection of brief write-ups on the following eight ICT trends:
8. 3D printing
This set of topics was selected based on their relevance to achieving the Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs). The topics selected also aim to provide a broadly representative sample covering
a wide range of technology areas spanning hardware, networking, software and data, as well as
application domains (i.e., healthcare, finance and disability).
Each write-up introduces the topic by first describing the technology features and components,
and then proceeds to highlight potential application areas and use cases, with examples from the
Asia-Pacific region and beyond. This is followed by a discussion on the policy implications involving
regulatory aspects, standards and linkages to the SDGs.