The world we live in today is full of technological wonders, at the moment there is so much going on in the world of technology that it’s hard to stop and take a breath without missing something new. The world’s largest search engine Google has unveiled the world’s first self-driving car which runs on commands that can be previously uploaded before any sort of journey begins. Some may remember the original film, Total Recall, where the audience looks on to what life could be like on the future living on another planet. If you remember the film then you will also remember the taxi’s in the film that were driven by robots, seems like we are not as far away from experiencing this in life. Another technology which has proven a success and a hit in society is that of 3D printing, it’s down to the advancements in 3D printing that has helped it steal the limelight since leaving its corporate perimeters and entering the homes of the public.
From the success that 3D printers have had in multiple industries it would be fair to say that the technology has now fully entered the mainstream of not only the world of technology but in society also. The thing about 3D printers is that they have become incredibly easy to use and the price of actually buying a 3D printer has now dropped means more and more people can experience what benefits using a 3D printer can bring. The 3D printers available to purchase today are compatible with a range of different materials, the type of materials that you would use would depend on what type of project you would be looking to undertake and complete. With newer advancements in the software connected with using 3D printers it has also increased this popularity of this technology among the masses.
It seems that 3D printing technology has the Midas touch in that every industry that 3D printing has been involved in has been has been improved for the better. Manufacturing products can be created and designed with details and input from the consumers themselves. This means that consumers can have custom designed clothes, trainers, watches and even jewelry created simply at the push of a button, and again, it’s not only the clothing industry that has benefited from 3D printers, the technology has impacted so much more that could ever be expected of it.
Three dimensional printing has the ability to create a lot of world “firsts” This week we have heard news from Australia that the world’s first fully functioning 3D printed Jet engine has been created from 3D printable materials and an adapted version of the 3D printer. The news of this advancement is an example of how the future of aircraft manufacturing could look if 3D printers are fully embraced and used to their greatest potential, with the success in this industry so far regarding the use of 3D printers it seems that it will only be a matter of time. It was the idea of students and researchers from Monash University, Australia to openly display their 3D printed engine at the international air show in Victoria for the world and the world’s media to salivate over. The products on display have gained some interest with the likes of Raytheon, Airbus and Boeing all showing a glowing interest in this new form of aircraft manufacturing.
At the moment, the aerospace industry is worth billions of dollars each year, with new aircrafts being designed and created that are more cost and fuel-efficient. It is no wonder that the introduction of 3D printers into this area of manufacturing has gained such and expressed interest. 3D printers are capable of printing off products and parts at a fraction of the time it would have taken to create them using more traditional methods, 3D printing can also reduce costs by more than half, saving companies time and money, now that’s an attention grabber. With fantastic attributes which include speed and cost cutting and with the ability to still produce fantastic high quality products 3D printing looks to have revolutionized the manufacturing industry from whichever end you look at the scale the introduction of 3D printers into manufacturing has been a success.
One of the most remarkable attributes that 3D printing holds is that technology is not exclusive to just one industry. This means that there is almost an endless list of possibilities when using 3D printers. Due to further advancements that have been made with 3D printers and with 3D printing technology over the last 20 years, it means that 3D printers today can carry out a range of different duties. With one type of 3D printer you can print off models, toys, trinkets and other small components, and with another type of printer you can actually print of edible food! Then there is the types of 3D printers that are being used in bio-printing, these types of printers can easily print off human skin cell tissue and have already printed off a real liver which only survived 40 days. This may not seem like much, but if you think about it if scientists can print of liver tissue that can survive up to 40 days what will be achievable in the next 5-10 years? By using 3D printers, humans have the ability to bring a part of the future to life and experience a glimpse of what the future is likely to look like. 3D printing is a technology like no other and has the potential to be a real game changer not only in the industrial and manufacturing world but also in human’s life’s at a personal level too.
Even though 3D printing has been around for around 35 years, it is still considerably new in terms of what it can do. The very first 3D printers created by Chuck Hull would have been basic models, but still well able to carry out high quality work when called upon. As mentioned above, 3D printers today are highly advanced and are more advanced in terms of what they can carry out and what can be achieved when using them.
The technology world is buzzing and rightly so as there has never been a technology as influential and as revolutionary as 3D printing technology. It is time to embrace 3D printing and what can be achieved using it. We could soon be seeing 3D printers becoming mobile and being fitted in various delivery trucks around the globe. Imagine ordering a product in the morning and having it printed off and delivered right to your desired location early afternoon, this is what would be possible should 3D printers get mobile.
3d printing in manufacturing could also save companies thousands of dollars on storage fees and it would also free up warehouse space, in fact there would be no need for warehouses. Customers would be in control and could have their products created uniquely and exactly when they want or need them. Surely it will only be a matter of time until the humble 3D printer is as common in everyone’s home as the flat screen TV in the living room. The world will be a very different place when 3D printers take hold. Consumers who have 3D printers in their home may never need to go to a shopping for certain items ever again.