Latest Advancements in 3D Printing

Imagine having sets of teeth that do not decay and remain white and pristine over time, without any accumulation of bacteria that can cause dental problems.

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A dental replica printed by a 3-D printer which is resistant to bacteria infection

Just as the name suggest, a 3-D printer does not print ink on a paper, but it prints in three dimensions in successive layers. Progress in technology has brought about the advancement in 3D printing in the industry. 3D printing is not just an ordinary printing technology because it produces three-dimensional objects that are useful in our everyday life.

Using 3-D printers, there are ongoing medical attempt in bio-printing the human teeth, bones, tissues and organs. Just as cars have parts that need to be replaced after a certain number of miles or years of usage, the human body also have parts that need to be replaced after a certain number of years. For a small amount of money, you can upload your face photograph and receive your face back in the form of a 3-D printed doll.

Amazon now offer 3-D printing services to its customers, and the list of 3-D-printed products that is presently available includes bolts, nuts, earphones, eyeglasses, jewelry, athletic cleats, architectural models cremation urns, and even entire houses. In the United States, several debates have erupted over whether citizens should be allowed to own a 3-D-print handguns at home, which is made possible by the technology. Nowadays printers print in plastics, silver, gold, and in other metals, along with wax, ceramics, and even food. (NASA is presently working on a zero-gravity 3-D printer that can make pizza for orbiting astronauts.)

img_0038A 3-D printer

3D printing Technology is most relevant in the world of manufacturing. While we, as consumers, will enjoy the total freedom of creation that 3D printers give us, at the end of the day we will only be tinkering with the technology. 3D printing’s maximum impact will be fully felt through the manufacturing sector contrary to the consumer sector. The application of 3-D printing are limitless. It makes manufacturing processes much easier, simpler and more cost-effective.

Presently, most parts printed with 3-D technology are prototypes that are used for testing most of the times. They are used in order for engineers to be able to validate whether the prototype is capable of being used or not.

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