3-D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, transforms digital 3-D models into tangible items. This piece of technology was invented in the 1980s, since then, it has been used for prototyping all over the world. This is in such high demand. Why? Because it allows local on demand production. What a lot of people don’t know is that this could soon impact the way we live our lives.
It’s already possible to 3D print in a wide range of materials. In the near future, 3D printing will make an even bigger achievement. “The Future According to Now” a podcast from Fidelity Investments and Atlantic says:
“Doctors are on the verge of using 3-D-bioprinted human organs and bones in their patients’ transplants and bone grafts. Astronauts will soon use 3-D printers to repair damaged spaceships and the space station. 3-D printing technology has advanced remarkably since it was first introduced.”
There are four types of 3D printers. First, there are printers that eject a molten or semi-liquid material. Second, there are printers that solidify a photo curable resin. Third, there are printers that bind or fuse powder granules together. Finally, there are printers that stick together cut sheets of paper, plastic or metal.
This method is becoming more prominent, especially in the last few years. New materials and processes have expanded the capabilities and it has lowered the cost to produce 3D printed objects. Small businesses and individual purchasers can now afford to create their own 3D objects at home for only $2,400.
3D printing is moving from a prototyping system to a manufacturing system in a lot of industries. In other words, 3D printing is revolutionizing the world, expanding the way we view production. By embracing 3D printing in our lives, we are able to innovate new solutions for many limitations we are plagued with.0