Over the past several decades, there have been countless technological innovations that have had a major impact on the world. Arguably one of the most monumental has been the invention of the 3D printer, a device that can create real, tangible 3D objects in real-time based on the details from a digital design.
Today, there are many types of 3D printers, and each type uses different materials to print including plastics, metals, ceramics, and more (including food!).
If you are interested in how 3D printing is being used today and how the technology has made an impact on society, check out these five powerful ways below.
1. Revolutionizing Education
Many teachers are using 3D printing in the classroom today, and surveys show that 77 percent of teachers intend to increase usage of 3D printers for lessons.
3D printing is one way that teachers can use technology to develop students’ skills. Even more, they can use 3D printing to improve a wide array of lessons in a selection of subjects including science, history, and more.
Teachers can now 3D print replicas of items like fossils, bones, and historical artifacts, which are too fragile for students to handle. These 3D models give them a better understanding of what the actual objects look and feel like.
3D printing can also be used to teach physics and engineering and help spark kids’ creative and design skills.
2. Changing Medicine
3D printing can now be used in medicine to provide better care – and 3D printed objects can be used for things like prosthetic parts that fit accurately, bones that can rebuild breaks, and medical models that help researchers better development treatments and cures (and much, much more).
Even more revolutionary, 3D bioprinters print living human tissues.
3D printing creates precise objects, and many of those objects are lightweight. For that reason, it is popularly used in medicine to create more comfortable treatment options – and ones that fit patients better than ever before.
3. Delivering On-Demand Dining
This use of 3D printing can also be very enjoyable (and delicious). 3D printers can now be used to print food on demand, which means that in the future, restaurants may simply stock 3D printers with ingredients and then let people design their own meals.
On-demand dining with 3D printers is something people once thought of as a thing of science fiction movies, but today, it’s become real and increasingly common.
4. Decreasing Shipping Pollution
Getting manufactured objects from here to there takes energy, gas, and transportation. Once 3D printers become more common, people will be able to print the objects they need at home or in their office.
This means that they won’t have to get items shipped to them, decreasing the amount of pollution caused by things like airplanes, trucks, and cargo ships.
5. Facilitating Construction
3D printers don’t just have to be used for small objects. They can now be used to print whole buildings – which means that someday, 3D printers may completely change the architectural and construction processes.
If a designer can design a home or structure with 3D design software, the 3D printer can then print that house, cutting out the need for construction crews once used to build the bones or foundation of a home.
For now, most people don’t have the know-how and expertise to effectively design a safe building that can be 3D printed. However, 3D printers are already commonly being used to design components of buildings, like electrical sockets, floor panels, and more.
Look back at technological advances that make today’s world even more practical and fast.