3D printing is one of the fascinating technologies changing our lives. Although it appeared decades ago, it has recently become popular thanks to the technological advances and its lower costs that have made it available to people in general.
It has great potential and it is being introduced in a wide variety of business sectors. As a fact, according to the recent EY’s Global 3D Printing Report 2016, 24% of the 900 companies surveyed already use 3D printing and 12% intend to do so.
In order to provide you with a general overview about 3D printing applications, we have created a brief summary of tweets and pictures.
Education: 3D printing can benefit schools in different ways. It gives children the tools to become active makers. It also facilitates the learning process by making the classroom much more interactive while preparing kids for the future.
Art: some museums already offer the possibility to virtually explore their galleries and 3D print selected pieces of art, thus making culture accessible to everyone. 3D design and printing is also useful for artists, allowing them to make original creations with innovative methods.
Food: 3D printing offers great potential in the creation of customized dishes that can adapt to personal nutritional needs and preferences. It can also help provide different or more exclusive experiences in restaurants.
Fashion: we can already find designers and fashion shows that are including 3D printed clothes and accessories in their collections. Moreover, 3D printing can contribute to the production of personalized apparel in a fast, affordable and more sustainable way.
Branding: brands are continuously searching new ways to communicate, create more immersive experiences and engage consumers. Some big companies have already used 3D printing for their campaigns and have obtained great results.
Medicine: 3D printing can enable the creation of personalized medication treatments and the production of customized prosthetics and other devices on demand that are affordable and accessible to everyone. This can be quite useful, especially in developing countries where there is shortage of medical tools. Researchers are also making experiments with 3D printed organic cells!
Dentistry: 3D printing can be used in order to create braces, crowns, and other items that can fit the patient’s mouth perfectly and that can be delivered in a shorter period of time.
Housing: there are companies that are already building 3D printed houses. It is faster, cost effective and eco-friendly. In addition, it allows to build affordable housing for people that have lost their homes due to natural disasters or due to their economic situation.
And what is coming next? Maybe 4D printing, that is basically 3D printing that gives objects the property to change its shape when subjected to certain stimulus, such as heat, light, electricity, etc.
We hope that you enjoy the summary below and we will be happy to hear your thoughts about the topic!