Top 5 Future Trends of 3D Printing
- May 08, 2016
3D design and printing technology is evolving in leaps and bounds. This technology is already transforming the world at a rapid pace. It has gained immense popularity in production fields as well as in educational fields. Let’s go through some examples of its use in production and educational fields. Car manufacturers are using 3D design and printing technology to create rare, intricate and spare car parts. Car manufacturers also use 3D printing for producing prototypes of cars. Airplane manufacturers also use 3D design and printing to manufacture intricate airplane parts. 3D printed jewelry are gaining immense popularity due to their intricate and beautiful designs. Archaeological fields are creating 3D printed prototypes of fossils for research and educational purposes. Similarly, there are many other manufacturing fields where 3D design and printing is of utmost importance. There’s no doubt that the progress of 3D printing these days looks pretty avant-garde from the hindsight. But it’s importance cannot be denied. Today, we’ll take a peek at top 5 future trends of 3D printing.
1. New Materials for 3D Printing
This is almost certain that new materials for 3D printing will emerge. Materials that are mainly used nowadays for 3D printing are thermoplastics like ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) and some metal alloys like steel, titanium, gold etc. Hence, it can be said that more development is yet to be seen in the choice of materials used for 3D printing. The use of organic materials for 3D printing is yet to be seen. It would be great if it’s possible for 3D printers to use organic matter for printing various organs and skin for medical purposes. Another interesting trend to watch should be multi-material 3D printing. In this case, the users can use more than one base 3D printing material to create their very own models.
2. Better and Faster 3D Printers
The 3D printers will surely be more powerful in future. 3D printers should be capable of printing better, faster and larger models. The best example of 3D printers where they are capable of printing better models should be DLP (Digital Light Processing) printers where the material used is smooth detail resin. The models printed through the use of smooth detail resin have smooth surfaces and detailed designs. These types of printers also exhibit a faster printing time.
3. Low Cost
This is not a prophecy. It’s a certainty. The price of 3D printers will surely come down further in future making them more affordable for domestic purposes. This will boost the sale of 3D printers for private as well as industrial uses. This will be hugely beneficial both from the production point of view as well as the educational point of view. 3D printed models for education purposes will help to make the subject matter more interesting and more gratifying for the student. Low cost means more use and hence, more popularity. So you can get ready for a time when you’ll have a 3D printer in your very own room.
4. Easier Designing of Models
Although there are a number of user-friendly 3D designing platform like SketchUp, 3D designing is still considered a problem by many people. We are not saying that this is completely a false consideration. We reckon that 3D designing is still not easy and accessible enough for beginners to get themselves accustomed to 3D designing. A little training is still needed on the subject matter to get themselves comfortable with 3D designs. But don’t worry about it. We are pretty sure that this problem will soon be resolved in future. Either we’ll get smarter or the software will get smarter (Well, if the software gets smarter, it can be said that the people behind the development of such software have also got smarter). So get your fingers crossed for an upgrade. It’s not that far away.
5. Newer 3D Printing Applications
It will soon be seen that 3D printers will be used to print things that are way beyond our imagination. We can already see many examples of such developments these days. We have already gone from printing thermoplastic models to metal models having a cutting-edge precision. This trend will continue for years to come. A new generation of “makers” will see to it for sure.
3D printing is yet to reach its full potential. But the day is not that far away when it actually will reach the helms of technology. It’s necessary that students are introduced to the wonders of 3D printing at an early age to get themselves accustomed with this technology. After-school 3D design and printing classes will be greatly beneficial for them in this aspect. After all 3D printing can be deemed the future. We should see to it that children get the exposure of this avant-garde form of education as soon as possible.
Futurite aims to bring high quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education to school students in India. Our mission is to use cutting-edge technologies such as Robotics and 3D Printing to impart a thorough grounding in STEM subjects and concepts to school students while making their learning experience fun, engaging and hands-on. Futurite has been operating in Dubai successfully (as Premier Genie) since a number of years, working with over 25 of the top international schools and teaching 1000+ students. Futurite has been founded by alumni from IIT, IIM, JU and HEC Paris.
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