Got a broken machinery that’s too hard to find in the market out there?
Need new clothes?
Well, here we are with the concept of 3-D Printing which is really lucid and going to become a probable reality soon. This technology is capable of satisfying your every need and can serve you with extraordinary convenience and reliability.
Let’s get ourselves indulged in the world of 3-D Printing before we stalk its future.
What is 3-D Printing?
3-D Printing alternatively termed as additive manufacturing(AM) can be acknowledged as a process of producing three dimensional solid products from a mere digital file. The object is obtained using additive processes in which successive layers of material are added using computer-aided model or AMF file. Computer-aided model(CAD), the so-called virtual design of the object you want to obtain, is created using a 3-D modelling application or with a 3-D scanner that can create a 3-D copy of any object. This is the basic and straight-forward concept of 3-D Printing that illustrates how this technology works.
Importance of 3-D Printing given the current scenario
Technology enthusiasts currently look interested in this versatile tech and are likely to research, gain progress and work for the further development of 3-D printers but, what about everyone else?
Do they even think if it’s really that important?
The year 2015 was the most significant period for 3-D Printing and additive manufacturing which was proved as the most efficient and productive tech during that time. Although the emergence of 3-D Printers did reach its peak and was considered as a fully emerged tech in 2015, it is still considered as the most valuable asset for many companies, that cannot be replaced and the purpose of which cannot be fulfilled by any other processes. North America and Asia-Pacific have the two largest 3-D Printing markets as per the 2015 reports. Many global companies are currently using this tech to expand their operations and bring convenience to their subsidiaries across countries.
3-D Printers have recently gained importance and popularity in our society because of the variety of means through which they were proved to be useful and essential for the general public as well, although engineers, designers and industrialists have been productively using this tech for more than 30 years’ now. Now, it’s a rapidly growing field and regardless of how people perceive this tech, we cannot deny that it has really assisted us industrialise significantly.
Invention and further innovation of 3-D printers have been considered a highly contributing factor to the upliftment of many sectors of the market including Fashion and design, Education, Consumer durables, Personal manufacturing, automotive, biomedical, aerospace, healthcare and all other business and commercial sectors.
Enough of its pertinence to our tech industry in the present, now it’s time to acknowledge the ways through which it can bring a drastic change in the upcoming future.
Welcome to the future of 3-D Printing!
Firstly, talking about the cost of 3-D Printers, they have experienced a significant decrease in price over the last several years due to the development and transformations from the traditional printers to the modern, comparatively lighter and more productive printers that are now affordable to the consumers as well. Apparently, Consumers can now find creative and productive applications with the help of this tangible tech allowing them develop and evolve through certain capabilities that are manifested through their progress.
These forces actually depict the future of 3-D Printing, and how they are going to support us in different aspects of our daily lives. The most important thing we need to focus on right now, is the value of 3-D printing to consumers in the future. We would be able to manufacture things right at our home or specific local facilities rather than roaming around in the market looking for things. Keeping in mind the instinct for resource depletion, the enhancement in 3-D Printing would indeed be worth more than anything. We would supposedly be able to take our faulty products to the facility who would just print the spare products, rather than just throwing them away.
There’s a lot more extraordinary things that a 3-D Printer might be able to do in the future and the research on which has already been started.
The current prospects of 3-D printing claim to produce replacement organs for the human body in the future, and might even be able to repair the human body in situ through a process called Bioprinting. Wouldn’t that be astonishing?
In addition to that, some more potential future applications of 3-D Printing include producing buildings, commenced in China already with the production of some houses, producing large rapid prototypes for plenty of high-end industries including aerospace, automotive and defence. All this seems to shape our bright future.
A consumer-oriented approach can be ascertained when we dig deep down in this field, also being entailed by instances in the passages above. The goods produced by this tech can be customised with more detail with just a little tweak in the software depending upon the consumer preferences, also implying flexibility in meeting consumer’s demands, making it affordable at the same time. Anyways, researchers and industrialists are desperately trying to conclude their hidden agenda making it quite ambiguous for the consumers to apprehend what really lies behind the concept of 3-D Printing in the future.
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