While there are so many industries where 3D printing is making an impact, those impacts pale in comparison to how it could revolutionize the medical applications and healthcare industries.
There are a few different types of medical applications for 3D printing, and those include tissue and organ fabrication, customizable prosthetic creation, implants and anatomical models. Not all these methods are fool proof, but the progress that has been made over the past few years is very encouraging.
The future of 3D printing actually began about 30 years ago. It began with the expectations of a truly innovative production method.
Today, 3D printing technology continues to innovate.
Some of the biggest brands on earth have come together to invest in advanced research and development campaigns in order to push the envelope when it comes to complex 3D printed prototypes and even end-use components.
With the end goal in sight, to bring 3D printing fully to the forefront of mainstream manufacturing and end-use production, many are of the opinion that the true potential of industrial 3D printing relies on modern machine learning.
3D printing has evolved over the years. We have gone from imagining the possibilities to undertaking some of the biggest construction projects on the planet.
Currently, there are large-scale efforts underway to push the capabilities of 3D printing for full-fledged commercial and industrial end-use products. A steel bridge designed [...]
When most people hear about 3D printing, we think of smaller items that you can use around the house. But the concept of 3D printing is not limited to knick-knacks or products that you can use around the house. There are very real commercial and military uses for 3D printing – and the aviation industry is a great place to look for those answers. It is incredible how aero engineers are using 3D printing as a means for obtaining better product design and quicker manufacturing for military aircraft and accessories.
3D Printing and the Aviation Industry
It was in 2016 when we saw the first aircraft that was made using 3D printing. At the time, we did not realize the connection between 3D printing and military aircraft, but it was obvious. Airbus introduced us to an aircraft that was made exclusively with 3D printing. The entire structure weighed 21kg and was about four meters in [...]
3D printing. Not long ago, this term, especially this concept, was the talk of the town. The thought of every home having its very own 3D printer was on the lips and minds of every entrepreneur and tech mag online.
However, while consumers haven’t made home 3D printing as commonplace as microwaves or TVs as of yet, it doesn’t mean the concept is any less exciting. It also does not mean that 3D printing isn’t widespread among techies.
In fact, in the industrial complex, 3D printing is a burgeoning technology full of future potential and present-day successes.
The Biggest Manufacturers are Committed to 3D Printing
While common in-home use may not be a thing yet, big-name manufacturers are making a splash in the 3D printing theater.
This may be, at least in part, due to the fact that the 3D printing industry is due to become a 27-billion-dollar industry by 2019. While it’s not [...]
Cars of yesteryear were heavier, slower, and took longer to build. This was partly due to technological limits of the era. However, materials also played a heavy-handed role.
Today, the steel used in auto manufacturing did not even exist 15 to 20 years ago, according to Dave Paratore, president and CEO of NanoSteel.
Along with newly manufactured high-density steel, composites, and adhesives, cars are being made faster, stronger, and lighter. As innovation carries auto manufacturing far into the future, 3D printing is now at the forefront of this endeavor.
The Age of 3D Printed Vehicles
Local Motors, an innovative automotive manufacturer with locations spanning Berlin, Knoxville, National Harbor, and Tempe, were at the forefront of the automotive revolution in respects to 3D printing.
In 2014, LM used an ABS carbon-fiber blend (about 80/20) to print the world’s first 3D printed car. The car is called [...]
China, the second largest economy on earth, and the United states, the first, are in a virtual arms race. A 3D printing arms race.
When it comes to military applications, 3D printing is an untapped wellspring of potential. Yes, the military uses 3D printing openly and for a great many applications. However, even in light of the grenade launcher, R.A.M.B.O., 3D printing technology has barely left the starting gate when it comes to the application possibilities.
In fact, militaries all over the world have been attempting to harness the power of 3D printing technology. Using it across the fold, developing prototypes, pushing the limits of printing technology, and even using printing product in vehicles, aircraft, weapons, and more.
When it comes to what 3D printing can create, the possibilities are virtually endless. And every military on earth knows this. This is why the two largest economies on the planet are currently going head-to-head in an [...]
How 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Conventional Manufacturing
A recent article by The Economist, “3D printers will change manufacturing” makes an incisive case that the applications of 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) will revolutionize conventional, assembly line manufacturing processes, drawing parallels to innovations in industrial methods and tooling in earlier eras of modern history. The article is subtitled, “Sceptics doubt the technology can be used for mass production. Just wait.”
As the column reminds readers:
“MANUFACTURING advances often take time to catch on. Only later does their real significance become apparent. The flying shuttle, invented in 1733 by John Kay, a British weaver, allowed the production of wider pieces of cloth. Because its movement could be mechanised, the shuttle later became one of the innovations which paved the way for the Industrial Revolution. [...]
Michelin Reveals Visionary 3D Printed Concept Tire
Michelin is pushing the limits of what’s possible for 3D printing in automotive, unveiling a concept 3D printed tire called the “Michelin Visionary Concept,” the French tire company’s vision for the future of tires using 3D printing technology to create a tire that is both a wheel and tire at the same time.
The concept is the result of research on current and near-future 3D printing technologies and techniques, as well as extensive interviews with over ninety people from various fields and walks of life.
Airless, Durable, Retreadable, Recyclable
In theory the concept tire should be able to last the entire lifespan of the car itself without needing replacement. Also noteworthy, this tire is airless, and comprised of a biomimetic structure that can have its tread re-printed by a 3D [...]
According to a report released Thursday, the research of one global market research company indicates that the market for commercial and consumer 3D printing solutions in aerospace and consumer electronics will likely grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 28.2% during the period six-year period from 2016 to 2022 and reach a total market value of $11 Billion (USD).
In the report, the research group stated that:
“Industry leaders are keen to implement 3D printing technology in the aerospace and consumer electronics domain to improve manufacturing processes and reduce inventory. Moreover, investment support from the government and smart initiatives from key industry players are driving this market.”
Some of key players in this emerging market are: 3D Systems, Stratasys, Boeing, Aerojet Rocket Dyne, GE Aviation, Optomec, XYZ Printing, HP Development Company, Rolls-Royce, Safran Turbomeca, and Airbus.
Many of these key players are commercial aerospace companies eager to harness the awesome, paradigm-shifting power of [...]
3D Printing Medical Solutions Helping Experts in Medicine Save Lives
3D printing medical devices and implants for patients is now rapidly proliferating through the field of surgical medicine, creating a sweeping revolution in modern medicine.
Presently, with the help of advanced 3D imaging technology and well-adapted GPU processors to capture and manipulate that information, many hearing aids and dental crowns are now being 3D-printed to a custom fit for the patient, as well as one-time use, custom surgical instruments and even prosthetic limbs for amputees.
The technical term for 3D printing is additive manufacturing, because it adds material in layers to manufacturer a complex 3D object of any shape from a digital design file on a computer.
The Medical Revolution
The 3D printing revolution in medicine is both just beginning and well under way: 28 percent of all medical technology and pharmaceutical companies are already using 3D printing, according to a recent survey of 12 [...]