Interesting Facts about 3D PRINTING!
Posted on: May 29, 2021.

Author: Prabhukrishna M, Content Creator/Chief Editor, Yokibu Editorial

3D Printing is an exciting world—the forerunner of an innovative spree, and a rapidly-evolving industry. However, the technology isn’t as new as it sounds. Its been around since the early 1980s.

Chuck Hull perfected the first 3D printer in 1983, through a process he invented—”Stereolithography”. The base printing component—a “photopolymer”—was solidified layer-by-layer using ultraviolet (UV) light and the 3D parts would be created.

Following are a few QUICK FACTS on 3D Printing—

  • This technology is characterized by the keyword “Customization”.
  • Prototype products, primarily, were created using 3D printing methods.
  • Metal and Wood were the introductory materials used in 3D Printing.
  • 3D printers are not actual printers in the literary sense of the word—practically they are the devices of “Additive Manufacturing” (AM).
  • The cost of production is significantly lowered by virtue of 3D Printing.
  • Motion Picture productions use 3D Printing technologies in almost all their departments—Iron Man’s suit is a product of 3D Printing!
  • The possibility of 3D Printing implemented in Space is being researched by NASA!
  • In January 2016, asteroid material was used for the first time to make a 3D printed object!
  • Animals were successfully implemented with 3D-printed objects.

Following are a few significant applications of 3D Printing…

Food

Steaks and “vegan steaks” have been printed and is already a possibility, while most of us are finding it hard to believe that even food is 3D printable! The next Easter might even witness the chocolate 3D printer!

Italian bioengineering scientist, Giuseppe Scionti, is on his way to find a way to produce meat and, simultaneously, help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from livestock.

For pastry chefs, 3D printing chocolate is also becoming quite interesting—chocolate designs that are complicated to make using only a person’s hands is achieved with the assistance of 3D chocolate printers!

Medical Industry

  • AM technology is making the daily jobs of physicians and surgeons easier and effective.
  • Creating perfectly adapted devices—from casts to prosthetics—has been made possible by 3D printing.
  • Making personalized implants for patients, customizing surgical tools and equipment for surgeons, and 3D printing a model of the kidneys or a heart for a complex surgery has become a reality.
  • Various tissue structures, such as kidney tissue or skin tissue, and even blood vessels and bones can be generated, through 3D Bioprinting—a new possibility in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
  • Living tissues thus generated can subsequently be used to 3D print organs. Such new experiments in the medical industry are saving lives.
  • Furthermore, it is a great way for medical researchers to make laboratory tests—human tissues or organs can be directed tested on, instead of unethically having to use animals for the same, as these prints have the exact same properties and reactions as their natural counterparts.

Tooling Process

The scope and benefits of the 3D printing technology cannot be restricted to only improving a manufacturing process by enhanced prototyping, or a production process—it can also enhance a tooling process.

With the customizations that this technology allows, AM helps create tools perfectly adapted to your work, vastly utilized by surgeons, doctors, and professionals for enhanced occupational success and ease.

Mass Production through “Additive Manufacturing” (AM)

3D printing might come across as an expensive manufacturing technique to most people. Time is money, in business, and an acceleration in production could actually help save a lot of money.

While traditional prototyping methods cost business a lot of time and thus money, additive manufacturing is faster and cheaper in printing a 3D model of an idea, and significantly reduces cost through time saved.

Architecture

  • AM-based 3D printing helps build at an architectural scale while saving a lot of time—a 600- to 800-square-foot house can be finished in just 24 hours!
  • Affordable housing can easily be created using AM-based architectural construction which can not only be used for social housing but also to face the housing shortage in developing countries.

A large variety of architectural projects and buildings can easily and efficiently be handled by virtue of this technology.



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