Life on earth will soon radically change. Thanks to 3D printing technology which is developing at a rapid pace. If this doesn’t excite you, probably you are not thinking big. According to futurists, 3-D printing will make life as we know today barely recognizable in coming 50-60 years. How this technology is going to affect us let’s have a look:
1. TOUCHABLE PICTURES
A Californian Company Pirate3D has made this possible. Users can print a 3D version of a photograph and visualize it via touch. Estonian company Wolfprint 3D is a step ahead. With their technology expectant mothers can now also create3D models of their unborn babies.
2. BODY PARTS MADE FOR YOU
Due to the customization abilities of 3D printers, it is almost possible now to create implants that our individual needs and differences, varyingfrom bone implants to prosthetic limbs and devices used by dentists. The Cortex exoskeleton cast is a lightweight,washable,breathable and recyclable alternative to regular plasters. It is more wearable and hygienic than regular plasters.
3. SMARTER AUTOMOBILES
The 3D printing of a drivable plastic car in 44 hours heralds a new world in which motor companies can 3D print entire cars. With some companies already using 3D printed parts to increase the strengthand safety of their cars, it won’t be long until airlines follow the suit. Building planes with 3-D printed components will make them lighter and stronger. It will also make them cleaner and more fuel efficient.
4. A NEW SHOPPING EXPERIENCE
3D print shops could one day proliferate on high streets and in shopping centers as places where online customers can go to collect the printed out products they ordered. This will reduce the number of items being shipped around the world, cutting down the carbon footprint of e-commerce.
5. MEDICAL PROGRESS
3D printing technology will allow new discoveries in medicine to happen faster, since new prototypes will be modeled quicker. This will save a lot off the time money spent on research. With the advent of printers that can create instant customized implants, mortality rates in hospitals and emergency rooms are expected to fall.
6. DESIGN AND INNOVATION
In the world of design and manufacturing, everything from new car to food and clothing can be designed more rapidly. This would help in to bring products to the market faster. Given that 3D printers save time and money, now the designers would be able to pay more attention to streamlining the function of their invention. You can say 3D printers are an invention which can invent!
Specifically science, engineering, technology, math will benefit enormously from 3D printing technologies. A number of schools already have 3D printers, but the number will rise as the retail costs continue to fall. Low cost and speedy 3D printers will make school subjects more engaging than ever before.
In exploring this radical but inevitable future, we hope to prompt two questions. Firstly, how will the world unfold in front of us? And secondly, how can we position ourselves to successfully navigate this historic shift to our greatest benefit? Industrial 3D printing will forever change the world as we know it. Are you ready?