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Applications for 3D Printing

Last week we shared with you the History of 3D Printing, as a segment of our two (2) part blog series about 3D printing. This week, with our friends at 3D Print Western, we are presenting to you the applications for 3D printing, by covering the various applications, technology, and current industries using 3D printing.

APPLICATIONS/TECHNOLOGY

All 3D printing is additive manufacturing, but not all addition processes are the same.

The most common 3D printing processes include:

Some of the most common 3D printers on the market are:

INDUSTRIES USING 3D PRINTING

Lots of industries!

Why? Because 3D printing is an extremely easy way to produce prototypes, accelerate production, and keep final product costs LOW.

As the technology continues to evolve, more and more industries continue to tap into the production power of 3D printing. Here are just a few of the most common markets.

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Medical and Dental

Although the medical and dental sectors have been tapping into the power of 3D printing for a while — dental crowns, dental aligners, joint replacements, orthotics, prosthetics, etc.— they have barely scratched the surface of this technology’s potential.  

Aerospace

Aircraft development is a meticulous process because the critical components of any vessel need to be able to withstand an array of atmospheric, thermal, and kinetic stressors. The aerospace industry is using 3D printing to push the threshold of aeronautic design and engineering through the creation of lighter, more durable, and less expensive mechanical components.

Automotive

The automotive industry is a massive consumer of 3D printing technology for prototyping purposes — developing, testing, and re-testing all varieties of critical and non-critical components, as well as innovative new material compounds.

Food

No, we are not kidding — 3D printed food is real. Though it’s a newer application, it’s an application that is gaining serious momentum in the commercial food industry for its potential in both presentation and production…particularly the production of meat. At the cellular-level, printed meat will appear (and taste) identical to traditional beef or chicken, but require neither the raising nor the harvesting of actual animals. 

As you can see, the applications for 3d printing are tremendous. The 3D printing technology is ever-growing and will continue to evolve in the years to come. Contact us for any questions that we can help answer. 

 

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