By Alexandra Reay
3D printing is has overtaken the gradual 2D assembly process. More and more companies print whole products. It’s been such a successful production method that 93% of all companies reported much shorter production runs, as well as more revenue.
Due to widespread use, 3D printing has ventured into every facet of human life. In this article, we will cover the 7 most amazing things that you can now make through 3D printing. Some of these are well-developed, while others are still in their infancy.
There is a popular belief that 3D printers can only produce artificial objects such as car parts or clothes. Even food can be printed with the right materials.
If you use edible materials and resources for the 3D printer, any type of meal or dish can be printed. In 2017, NASA announced that astronauts would solely eat 3D printed food. This allowed them to pack their food and store it for much longer.
It’s not just dough we’re talking about. 3D printers are technically able to turn complex recipes into reality.
Another advantage of 3D printed food is that it can be heated while it’s being prepared. Soon, people will be able to store their food and produce more in case of natural catastrophes. 3D printing makes it possible.
Clothes and footwear
Mass production is what changed the world forever. However, we might still see a second industrial revolution, as 3D printing becomes more common in various industries.
Alice Taylor, a senior technology writer at AssignmentGeek, explains more on this. “Mass production greatly depends on supply chains. With 3D printers, the only links in the chain will be materials and the printer itself. This will increase production rates and cause a boom in consumerism.”
Adidas released their Futurecraft 4D shoe this year, a 3D printed model. While prices are steep because not everyone has a 3D printer, we might soon see people printing their own clothes and shoes. But how does this affect copyrights? Who knows.
Since the printing tools are connected to the software, they can execute any order given to them. This is usually related to bigger items that can be used in everyday life. But what if we managed to scale down the printing process? Combined with microscopes, 3D printers can fire lasers and craft microscopically small items. Jonty Hurwitz used this technique to create the world’s smallest sculptures.
While these are made of solid materials and are just for show – what does the future hold? Doctors predict we could be able to print antibodies and inject them into patients. Others think that cancer will finally be a curable disease once we start printing nanorobots to destroy tumor cells. We have the capabilities, but there are still a few steps before we reach this level.
For many people around the world, their disability is still a problem. But what would have happened if people were able to print prosthetic limbs in the comfort of their own home? Apparently, this is going to happen very soon.
The designs are more abundant than ever, and even home 3D printers can execute the printing process.
What if we took it one step further? If we intended to fuse our bodies with the new limbs? When a person loses a limb in a car accident, they will be able to get a stronger one. The only thing stopping us is knowing how to create artificial nerves and connect them to our brain.
In 2014, the world saw the birth of RepRap, a 3D printer that can produce copies of itself. Currently, there are experiments on controlled mass production of these robots.
Robots will soon change the world because humans will bear less of a workload. As these machines produce the necessary items and more 3D printers, we will only have design implications in the process.
This self-replicating method of production can possibly help us colonize other plans. Colonizers will be able to focus on research and use. At the same time, 3D printers will help forge the first human settlements outside Earth. It’s something that can happen in the next 10 years or so.
Not too long ago, several companies have experimented with large-scale printing of structures. The first thing they managed to do was to figure out how to reuse construction waste.
With this movement in the right direction, mass production of homes can come real soon. Not only will new cities flourish in a matter of weeks, but this is very environmentally friendly.
With such a method, future cities will be around huge solar farms to which 3D printing farms will be connected. From there, all production will be governed.
Doctors and scientists have been using 3D printers to create replica hearts and other human organs. The materials used are soft gel and fat tissue. Heart valves are 3D printed and inserted into patients during surgery. Soon, the 3D printing industry will provide living organs to patients in need.
Heart transplants will happen in a matter of one day, without waiting lists. This technology is in its beginning phases, but doctors predict that it’s coming in less than 15 years.
With 3D printing, people will strive towards new inventions and new specialties. There will be no more unwanted jobs, as everyone will participate in an easier production process. The future is now, but the best is yet to come.
About the Author
Alexandra Reay has been working as a journalist and editor in one of the finest Melbourne publishing agencies for 3 years. She is also a professional content writer who prefers to do research on the following topics – self-improvement, technology innovations, global education development ets. Feel free to contact her at Twitter.