This guide will describe how 3D printer will change the future. What is history of 3D printing, what it is and what changes it may bring in future for us. This is rapid prototyping machines which will design tangle objects as prototypes and actual usable objects for industry and home use.
Future of 3D printing
3D printing is dream machine for many of us. This dream became reality when Chuck Hull of 3D Systems Corp, built world’s first working 3D printer in 1984. But back then not many people were even aware of the terminology of “Three dimensional”. And now everyone knows what is 3D objects are thanks to 3D games, 3D movies etc. That’s how world is ever changing on a daily basis. Every other day you catch news about the latest inventions, discoveries and advancements in technology which was just a dream once.
The concept of 3D printing dates back to mid of 1980’s but all major breakthroughs underwent in the 1990’s. Let’s have a brief look at it:
In 1992, stereo-lithography was formulated. It is a printing process that enables a tangible 3D object to be created from digital data. It led the scientists and technology innovators to a new doorway that nothing is impossible.
The first SLA (Stereo-Lithographic Apparatus) machine was produced in 1999. The machine involved a UV laser solidifying photopolymer that makes 3D parts layer by layer. Although imperfect, the machine proved that highly complex parts can be manufactured overnight.
The first SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) machine came into existence in 2008 – using a laser to fuse materials into 3D products. It conceived the dream of mass customization. Later this year, the first self-replicating printer was invented which could print the majority of its own components, allowing users who already have one to make more printers for their friends.
You might have something which held your breath upon hearing news and wondered: “Oh really! Is it actually possible? This is amazing.”
3D printing technology is also one of such advancements; it is bound to change your entire lives in an irresistible manner. You may not believe it but it’s true and real.
Just to give you brief idea what 3D printing and future it holds, here is brief information about it
What is 3D Printing?
You all know what normal ink printers do? They print text and images on paper, right? 3D printe on the other hand, allow you to ‘create’ physically solid objects by spraying a thin layer of a material onto a platform. It uses plastic, wax, resin, paper, gold, titanium—a whole host of materials—instead of ink to create a solid, three-dimensional object.
Based on the idea of additive manufacturing, during industrial and commercial usage, 3D printing allows you to reduce production costs, improve quality and output volume as well as meeting time constraints.
Future of 3D printing – Potential of rapid prototyping machines
3D technology has its applications in almost all existing industries e.g aircraft, medicine, architecture, dentistry and aerospace etc. You can create almost anything using 3D printing. Imagine sitting at home printing toys for kids, jewelry for your sister or a funky T-shirt. Imagine aircrafts being designed and printed at cheap costs. Think about searching stuff online and getting it printed for use instead of online shopping. Think about anything and you can get it done using 3D printers.
Feel the change? This is what makes 3D printing is capable of and can reshape the world as we know it today.
“It doesn’t have to be a Saturday night special,” says Jonathan Rowley, design director at Digits2Widgets, a London-based firm that specializes in 3D printing. “This technology has plenty of wonderful applications. It can be used for everything from dental work to architectural models, jewelry, precision engine parts,spoilers, dolls, sunglasses … The list is endless.”
Used for rapid prototyping and industrial manufacturing, 3D printers usually cost tens of thousands of dollars but you may get cheaper ones too at about $3000 or something for personal use. This price is quite affordable for individuals in the marketplace when we consider what its worth and capabilities are. Once people realize its usefulness and feasibility, they will surely subsume it in their daily affairs. But, the time is still far when it will be available in every other home just like normal printers are. This technology is adopted only in industrial sector. It is not yet adopted by every other business. Its price is what makes is not “so feasibly” for all the businesses.
In The Future
3D printing is not a perfect process.It is still being researched upon for improvements. Once the hardware design and the software required to handle it are made better, it will bring out a newer perspective and more applications which are not yet aware of. But once thing is for quite certain, future of 3d printing is bright and it will change the way we think today, especially in manufacturing industry.