Top 11 Applications of 3D Printing Technology: Human Organs, Cars, Drones, Jewelry and More
It won’t take a rocket science type of genius to immediately identify that 3D printing technology is the way to the future. While this technology may still seem vague for most, the possibilities offered by 3D printing has already touched and been at work across almost every aspect of our lives.
We already discussed in a previous article the important things you need to know about what 3D Printing is, how it works and how you could take part in it without spending a fortune.
This time I’m taking you through a run-down of just some of the amazing applications 3D printing has made possible for us. I’m sure that by the end of this article, you’d come to realize how you might have personally come across this revolutionary technology without even being aware of it. Yet just the same, our lives are made better because of this innovations.
3D printing in the medical field
Modern science has largely benefitted from the advancement of 3D printing in medicine. The 3D printing technology helped produce prosthetics for vertebra, ears, nose, minute cosmetic changes hands, legs and even fingers and has recently added printing human tissues to the list. It won’t probably be too long until a 3D-printed heart and a 3D-printed liver comes around considering that a team of researchers at Harvard University are already working on the 3D-printing of the heart while the biotech firm ONVO are confident they can make a 3D-printed liver work just like a real human liver.
3D printing in the automotive industry
3D printing has taken the automotive industry by storm as it offers ways to cut up capital costs and production time without losing out on designs. Take for example Strati, the first 3D-printed electric car ever. It works just like regular cars but with the added benefits. Aside from Strati, many automotive companies also plan to launch 3D-printed luxury and racing cars before the year ends.
3D printing in food printing
One major advancement that would allow 3D printing to push boundaries further is through the gastronomic innovation of food printing. XYZ Printing has just exhibited during last year’s Consumer Electronic Show that technological innovation can be absorbed deliciously. The 3D-printing company unveiled a first of its kind 3D printer that could create edible food prints in just a matter of seconds.
3D printing in home-building
3D printing could possibly be the long-awaited solution for skyrocketing apartment costs, unending mortgage loans and small-spaced houses. Architects across the globe are already at it. In China, a 3D-printing company called Winsun is keen to build at least 10 3D-printed houses in just a day. The best thing about this? Winsun said a single house would only cost $5,000. Meanwhile in Amsterdam, a 3D-printing company has already created a 3D canal house with environment-friendly materials.
3D printing in the musical scene
Amazing 3D already introduced a 3D-printed Stradivarius Violin while Thingverse produced a 3D-printed whistle. This time, this innovative technology resulted in the creation of the Atom 3D guitar, which many professional musicians who have had the chance to test it attested to the instrument’s auditory resemblance of the real thing. This feat was achieved through the process of Selective Laser Sinistering 3D system on a sPro 230 SLS printer.
3D printing on your favorite superhero costumes
Whether you’re into Iron Man, Star Wars or just hunting for a cool Halloween costume, many are already earning big bucks by selling 3D printed customized costumes. You can get a 3D printer for just $2,000 and print out any character you want to take on. That’s what cool dude James Bruton did and many more enthusiasts like him. Bruton already printed out a 3D Ironman suit, Android bipedal legs, Short Circuit Johnny 5 Robot, several Star War costumes and a Terminator endoskull.
3D printing to have your own drones
Drones are quite the thing nowadays but not everyone owns one because they’re simply expensive. Yet if you own a 3D printer, having your own drone might not be such a problem. Better still, you can have one without creating a dent on your budget. It’d be sustainable, too, since 3D printing would allow you to customize and make quick fixes on 3D-printed drones.
3D printing in robot creation
Manav is a 3D printed robot created by Indian scientist Divakar Vaish. 3D printing has also helped scientists around the world develop their own robots at a much faster rate. In fact, there are online articles that could teach you how to construct your own 3D robot in no time.
3D printing on jewelry
3D printing has included precious jewelry among the printing prototypes one can easily have access to. And mind you, they don’t have to be made of cheap plastic. A brand named LACE offers a variety of 3D printed wearable designs and jewelry items made of gold, silver, platinum and other precious metals.
3D printing on unborn child mold model
Some expectant parents can’t wait to hold their unborn babies in their arms and that’s where startup company Indiegogo comes in. The company produces 3D printed molds of an unborn child through 3D/4D ultrasound or newborn images and then sells these mold models based on sizes.
3D printing on virtual makeup mirror
Panasonic made headways during CES 2015 when the company showcased a virtual makeup mirror that makes makeup suggestions and could even show how the wearer would look with a makeup combination.