3D printing defines as a form of additive manufacturing technology where a three-dimensional object is created by laying down successive layers of material.
Compared to other additive manufacturing technologies, 3D printing manufacturing technology is said to be easier to use and more cost-effective.
3D printing applications
Today though, with 3D printers becoming more high-tech and sophisticated, it is not just in the field of engineering and design where 3D printing technology is making its mark. It is also being used in the fields of medicine, architecture, jewelry, geographic information systems, automotive, and aerospace.
Several industries are using 3D printing technologies to manufacture products that might otherwise be expensive to produce using other additive manufacturing technologies.
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In the field of biotechnology, for example, 3D printing might hold the key to several tissues, including the production of organs and body parts for patients who have been in an accident, have undergone surgery, or are naturally born with defects.
3D printers may also be used in paleontology and archaeology, as well as in forensic pathology, where a damaged piece of evidence can be reconstructed again.
If 3D printing becomes more widely used, companies can cut costs by importing specialized parts or customized components, especially if they can just manufacture these themselves.
No more setting up of factories when products can be produced using an industrial 3D printer. On the downside, ideas can now be copied even more rapidly as the goods can be printed straight away and at cheaper costs.
In the meantime, it is safe to say that the future of 3D printing technology remains promising not just for businesses but also for consumers.