3D Printing: An Exciting Technology

The new age brings many exciting new projects and breakthroughs, one of these being 3D printing. 3D printing may seem like a brand new concept but in fact the first working 3D printer, was created in 1984 by Chuck Hull of 3D Systems Corp.

It has recently broken new grounds and researchers and scientists are trying to make it a widely used technology.

3D printing is a process of making three-dimensional solid objects of practically any shape from a digital model. 3D printing is accomplished by using an additive method, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes.

This technology will be a great advantage to industries such as architecture, engineering, construction, industrial design, automotive, aerospace, military, engineering, civil engineering, dental and medical industries, education and even fashion.

Currently, domestic use of 3D printing has mainly charmed hobbyists and enthusiasts and has not quite gained recognition by the everyday household. This will hopefully change soon as there are several projects being worked on in effort to develop affordable 3D printers for home desktop use.

Some items that have been created by enthusiasts with 3D printing are:

  • Clocks
  • Backscratchers
  • Coat hooks

Although the above items are pretty cool, 3D printing has spread into many industries and there are many awesome things in store.  Such as:

  • Fashion designers experimenting with 3D-printed bikinis, shoes, and dresses.
  • Nike is using 3D printing to prototype and manufacture the 2012 Vapor Laser Talon football shoe for players.
  • A U.S. based group disclosed plans to design a working plastic gun that could be downloaded and reproduced by anybody with a 3D printer.
  • NASA is conducting tests to assess the potential of 3D printing to make space exploration cheaper and more efficient.

This exciting new technology can change the way many products are manufactured and distributed today. Seeing where 3D printing goes will be a thrill.