Unlimited Possibilities And The Future of 3D Printing Technology

Unlimited Possibilities And The Future of 3D Printing Technology

Additive manufacturing is the name given to what we call 3D printing in every day conversation. What happens is that the printers take a digital model of a 3D shape, and turn it into a solid object through slowly building it from the bottom up. While we have had the technology for years, it is only recently that 3D printing has really enjoyed its current status as a technology which can explicitly be used to manufacture goods, or parts of goods.
3D printing is something which can be done in a variety of different materials, depending on what the needs of the printer are. Metal, ceramics, thermoplastics, and even food are all substances which can be used in printing, something which expands the boundaries of printing. While the use of such printing machines is not yet fully enabled, in the future it stands to change manufacturing drastically.

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Linear actuators are a large part of why 3D printing is becoming so huge. These pieces of equipment allow the motion from a motor to be converted into linear motion, something which has completely changed the way in which a lot of printing occurred. Linear actuators have allowed for greater precision in the way 3D printers handle their work, which has opened them up to being used for many more functions than would otherwise be possible.



Medical Advances

3D printing is increasingly at the forefront of medical technology, due to its abilities to print both tools and appliances – think of the recent stories about 3D printing for prosthetics. What is the future of that, if we can simply print whatever extra limbs we need for people who do not have the full complement?
More and more people in medical research are looking at the possibility of creating replacement organs to use for people who are needing transplants. Not only would this cut down on the risks associated with transplanting organs directly from other people (i.e. risk of infection, risk of organ rejection, risk of there not being a transplant available…), it would also enable people to more directly control the entire process from start to finish.

Transport

3D printing is increasingly being used to create the necessary parts for cars, planes, and other modes of transportation. The use of printing for this is having a knock-on effect in the industry because it is making production cheaper and easier for everyone involved.  Being able to print parts for a mode of transport means that spares can be created more easily, and that we can perhaps salvage more cars and other modes of transport than we could before, simply because having parts does not include needing to be able to make them, but simply to be able to create them from a pattern.
Having 3D printers be able to do this also means that the manufacture of various vehicles may become more widespread over time, as the manufacturing of it might take less expertise than it currently does.



Food

3D printing research is increasingly focused on the ability of a printer to create food from scratch. This is an interesting concept, as it is, similar to the possible medical uses for 3D printing, talking about creating a ‘live’ product which can then be treated as such (i.e. eaten). Theoretically, simply having a food pattern and the appropriate materials should be enough, which poses interesting questions for the future of food production.

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