Almost every day, we come across articles extolling the wonders of 3D printing. From creating prototypes to a prosthetic jaw for the elderly, 3D printers, with an eye for detail that they portray to yield outputs, have indeed found a place in many areas of business. Though creating clones like the ones we see in sci-fi movies through 3D printers is far-fetched, here are some of their most noteworthy applications:
Art: Artists have turned to 3D printing to create objects that would require loads of time and effort and of course cost, if they were supposed to be developed with traditional processes. From ceramic pots to sculptures, artists around the world are using 3D printers to good effect to further their creativity.
Jewelry designing: Jewelry makers were some of the first people to make use of 3D printers. They employ 3D printing as a dependable, affordable and easy-to-use way to produce detailed jewelry models. Customers in turn get the benefit of having a feel of their favourite jewelry piece well before the final product is made.
Making prototypes: Prototyping is another area of business, which has embraced 3D printers with both hands. With these machines employed, designers and engineers get the flexibility to test out ideas for products well before they develop the final products.
Home décor: From cups and vases to photo frames, companies are making efficient use of 3D printers to make customized home décor items. Imagine gifting a lamp to your wife made up of words that you said at the time you proposed to her. This is what 3D printers of today’s generation can do.
Manufacturing: In certain industries, 3D printing has completely displaced traditional manufacturing methods. 3D printers allow you to create and print real parts directly from your desktop or office. Be it surgical knee replacement implant or high tolerance engine parts, they are all printed at will with the use of these printers.
Medicine: 3D printers are now being used in the areas of surgery and dentistry to develop body parts. From prosthetic limbs to bone grafts and jaws, 3D printers provide the quality and precision that was unheard of in this field just a few years ago.
Food printing: Yes, that’s true. The first 3D printer that produces food, is very much a reality and is ready for sale, courtesy New York-based tech startup named Essential Dynamics. Aptly named Imagine, as it has given our imagination a new meaning, it prints food with a host of materials.
Architecture: Have you heard on Enrico Dini, the man behind the world’s largest 3D printer, D-Shape. His invention claims to print large sandstone buildings with minimal human intervention. Elsewhere, 3D printers are being used by architectural firms to create accurate models for their clients to further their businesses.
Though their usage is a normal phenomenon in all these areas of business, there is still some time before 3D printers can be a part of every average household around the world. This is mainly because of their present procurement and maintenance costs. But with ever-increasing demand, these costs are bound to come down. Henceforth, it is fair to say that day may also be not that far off.