3D printing is a word that has caught the modern society by surprise. The technology is growing at an amazing rate. However, whenever people here of the word 3D printing, what comes into their mind is small plastic toys and trinkets. And what’s the reason for this? That is what we have come to get used to from the news we watch.
While toys and games are fun, they do not exploit the full potential of 3D printers. Below are some of the amazing ways in which the power of the 3D printers may be harnessed.
Probably you are yet to guess it but very soon 3D printers will be the new items in your kitchen. These kinds of 3D printers are slightly different from your usual ones. Instead of just using plastic, they combine several materials to make the food.
While all the bugs are yet to be debugged, the benefit of owning an operational food printer would be monumental. The increasing elderly population that is unable to cook will stand to gain huge. What about the third world residents that may lack knowledge on how to cook certain meals?
You got it right- 3D printed homes will soon become a reality. Actually, a Chinese firm managed to crack the code for home 3D printing that was able to print a house within 3 hours. That includes wiring as well as plumbing. In future, the months or years waited for your house to be completed will be history. A giant 3D printer will handle all that instantly.
3D printed tools may not be that much exciting but take a moment to think of the many ways they could be utilized. For instance, astronauts in space may want to install a new part on the space ship. Taking that one part could involve millions of dollars. However, a situation in which the astronaut is able to download that one part to their 3D printer and then print it would phenomenal. Time and money would be saved.
Surgeons are usually involved in studying the x-rays of patients before they can cut them open. They use a 2D view that at time leads to numerous complications. To evade this, the surgeons are creating 3D models of the area they intend to perform the surgery. Infant surgeons have been known to do this. They are able to have a look at the model of the infant’s heart and even hold it. That gives them an idea on the ways to carry out the surgery.
The prosthetic industry has been of great help in assisting millions to overcome their disabilities. They develop arms, hands, legs and many more. However, these devices are costly and may even come in five figures. 3D printing can be used to mimic the existing prosthetic models and then develop much cheaper ones. Those in developed countries may not see this as being a big deal but the residents of the developing nations will benefit in huge amounts.