3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, was developed in the 1980’s as a process used to make three-dimensional objects. Additive manufacturing creates parts from the ground up by fusing together layers of material.
Its counterpart, subtractive manufacturing, begins with material and removes excess until only the desired shape remains.
Industries use mass-production to manufacture their products. This means that all products use the same mold and will come out with similar shape and design from the assembly line, which makes it difficult for one to be unique.
However, with 3D printing, you can personalize anything by tweaking a part of the prototype, so it can cater your needs. For instance, customizing 3D prints are used in medical and dental industries. 3D printing offers the user the freedom to personalize anything without additional cost. In this way, people can set themselves apart when it comes to fashion or jewelry.
If you bake a cake and follow the recipe, you will end up with a delicious cake. However, if you are new to baking, your cake may taste amazing, but it may have unwanted air bubbles, a different texture, and thickness. If you could assemble the cake layer by layer, similar to how additive manufacturing in 3D printing works; you will have full control of its appearance.
Getting rid of the mass manufacturing faults will produce better quality products. While this may not sound profitable to manufacturers, it’s a major advantage to the end consumer.
One of the things that the industries should consider is sustainability. 3D printing is energy-efficient and produces lesser waste. For instance, aircraft makers junked 90 percent of their materials because it’s no longer useful.
With additive manufacturing used in 3D printing, it will use lesser energy and waste will be reduced to a minimum. The 3D printed object is 60 percent lighter but solid and sturdy. The lesser the waste, the lower the impact on the environment.
More and more people are getting access to 3D printing. In fact, there are 3D printing pens that can produce the same results as that of the 3D printer, only which, the user will have to maneuver the nozzle with his own hands. With this progress, many will be able to create the product they need, when they need it and wherever they are.
This scenario can surely shake up the current consumerism ideology. If you support 3D printing, you would probably love easier access to it.
Big strides in both printer technology and material exploration have led to a variety of exciting applications across industries.
In fields like design and architecture, 3D printing has long played a role in model and prototype creation. But more and more it is being used to produce end-products like jewelry, sculptures, and shoes.