Examples & Applications of 3D Printing

Mentioning about the technology and its advance in this globalization era, people would most probably wondering what are the uses of these 3D printings on these days. In fact, 3D printing applications cover various sectors from education to industry, and the whole value chain from prototypes to spare part management.

 

PRIMARY & SECONDARY SCHOOL
(OR EVEN IN HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION)

3D printer manufacturers have taken up a more direct role in education. Companies often undertake programs to promote technologies. These programs serve as a cheaper way for schools to make 3D printers available for use in classes.

Some students might face problems in imaging imaginary things, take for an example, a structure of a molecule. Printing 3D of how silver nitrate is formed will eventually solve the problem.

 

RAPID PROTOTYPING

Instead of four panels of drawing panels from different perspectives, why not combine them in just a single three-dimensional solid form? In terms of prototyping, many university programs are turning to printers. There are specializations in additive manufacturing one can attain through architecture or industrial design degrees. Printed prototypes are also very common in the arts, animation and fashion studies as well.

 

ARCHITECTURE

3D printing can also be used to design house layouts, building structures, town and city planning with the help of 3D Printing. Bridges and Dams that would need a scaled down functional validation can be done as well.

When architects need to present their work as a physical scale model, 3D printing will always be a quick and efficient way to do it. 3D printers help cut down manpower and time when it comes to visualizing designs for clients.

 

MEDICAL & DENTAL

Patients around the world are experiencing improved quality of care through 3D printed implants and prosthetics never before seen. As of the early two-thousands 3D printing technology has been studied by biotech firms and academia for possible use in tissue engineering applications where organs and body parts are built using inkjet techniques. Layers of living cells are deposited onto a gel medium and slowly built up to form three dimensional structures.These are called as bio-prints.

 

PRINTABLE PARTS

Looking for spare parts but find out they are too expensive or too difficult to get them? You may build a brand new one with these 3D printers. If you do not even know how to design those parts, fret not, there are several websites providing millions of design templates just for you. And some of them even give it for free without any cost!

 

FASHION

3D printing has been on the periphery of the fashion world. Designers are making tools that can shake up the production and retail system. Danit Peleg is a fashion designer with a keen eye for the future. While implementing 3D printing into fashion is nothing new, the consumer model she is using on her website is immensely clever. On the website, users can design their own jacket and have it printed, fitted and delivered in just a few clicks.

 

ACCESSORIES

Make your own accessories as much as you wish. Create a design or get pre-design 3D models template from the Web and print it out. Check how useful these items could be!

 

INTERIOR DESIGN & FURNITURES

A court case in Montana’s state capital of Helena proves that 3D printing can also play another very important role in shooting cases. Defendant James George Stiffler, accused of deliberate homicide of a home invader in 2013, has just been acquitted after a 3D printed floor plan of his home was used to prove that the home invader was indeed still posing a threat at the time of the shooting.

GAMING

With 3D printers, you could also ‘design’ your own board game and print out 3D models too! Some of the 3D printer users even create out some functional items such as this phone trigger gaming button which It simply clips and slides on the edge of your phone and instantly gives you that classic PSP Style L&R buttons! This means, player could concentrate on other buttons instead of muscle finger cramps due to continuously holding a button. Works very well with Fortnite Mobile, Rules of Survival & Knives Out and especially PUBG Mobile!


TOYS

3D printed toys are one way to bring more fun, increase customizability (and decrease cost, of course). From monsters and drones to dolls. You could print out your own legos as well. Make a new collection with this 3D printers. Let your children bliss with these do-it-yourself toys and models.

FOOD

Seems impossible? Not anymore. Now you could produce food on a mass scale as the world’s population rapidly approaches 8 billion, modern food production methods will need a radical transformation to keep up. The Foodini, for example, uses fresh ingredients loaded into stainless steel capsules to make foods like pizza, stuffed pasta, quiche, and brownies. Pasta-maker Barilla’s machine prints noodles with water and semolina flour. And a prototype design by Hod Lipson, a professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia, fabricates nutrition bars and simple pastries. Apart of that, they were deliciously edible by inserting its raw fresh ingredients.

WHAT’S MORE?

This list is just a piece from the whole thing. It can cover almost all aspects in our daily life. Other examples of 3D printing would include reconstructing fossils in paleontology, replicating ancient artifacts in archaeology, reconstructing bones and body parts in forensic pathology and reconstructing heavily damaged evidence acquired from crime scene investigations.

In short, its uses are practically everywhere. Aerospace, medicine, education – the list goes on. It’s empowering people to make functional prototypes saving money and reducing risk. It’s changing and enriching lives.

Disclaimer note: Some of the photos are not ours and retrieved via Google Image

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