With a technology so robust and rich, the engineering especially the Research and Development wings are bound to have a promising future. With the possibilities to manufacture on a massive scale at the minimum capital investment, 3DP technology is no less than a boon. With a potent technology like 3D printing, from prototyping to manufacturing final products everything is easier than you imagine.
With respect to the application you are designing it for, one can use 3DP for making replacement parts thereby increasing efficiency and decreasing the dependencies on the inventories. From manufacturing casting moulds, cases & covers to complex geometrical functional models, everything can be produced with ease, meeting the required quality standards.
The beauty of this transformative technology is the end product is just the way you imagined it. With production time so rapid, the time one gets to test is more and hence the scope of improvisation increases, ultimately leading to better results.
Automotive giants like BMW, Ford and TATA are considered to be the earliest adopters of this powerful technology. Since its inception, these companies saw the potential this technology had and the future it carries. Used as just a prototyping technology, 3D printing has become an integral part of the automotive industry. With the technology evolving rapidly, the automobile industry envisions customized parts in end products and even fully 3D printed automobiles to hit the roads in near future.
Tired of waiting for prototype and models getting designed from the supplier? Try 3D printers. The designs which took from weeks to months to make now gets done within hours, cutting down the manpower to a significant level and thereby increasing the efficiency and productivity. Producing products that have non-conventional shapes and designs are not a challenge anymore. With 3DP technology, interior designers have got wings to go boundless no matter how complex the design might be.
With just a few hours to the end product, 3D printing technology empowers to build beautiful phone stands, flower vases, pen stands, desk organizers and many more. With a provision to create products using variety of materials, ready-to-paint and finishing touches to give, this technology is becoming the ultimate choice of architectures.
With a technology so versatile, the educational vertical is going to experience and witness a revolution like never before. 3D Printing technology is going to empower a practical approach towards training students and making the overall experience of understanding subjects and its applications interesting. With 3D printing technology, the classroom theories will get real and students will be able to transform their ideas, inventions and innovation into a physical form, the one that one can hold in hands. It is as real as it gets. Enabling students with a hands-on experience of the feasibility of their ideas, 3D printing will nurture a better future.
From producing fuel nozzles to developing a prototype of the jet engine components, this technology has penetrated this vertical on a promising note. With an industry so massive and crucial, each step of the process from design, assembling and managing is no piece of cake. The industry which serves a spectrum of industries including commercial, industrial and military applications, 3DP technology proves to be glorifying.
The aerospace vertical has adapted 3D printing technology to lessen the warehouse space, waste produced and supply chain constraints. Making the best use of this technology’s USP i.e. on-demand rapid production, this domain of aerospace saves a lot of time, space and money.
With a technology accepted globally, the Medical domain has also set its foot and is consuming the benefits of 3D printing. Aiming and exploring a wide range of opportunities in the medical sector, the 3DP technology is put into use to build surgical instruments, Biomaterials for Organ Structures and Complex Organs. Apart from these, Metal 3D printing is used for knee surgeries and injured patients, Desktop 3D printing is used for pre-surgery preparations and Tissue 3D printing which is still under research to develop artificial tissues and replace live tissues starting from veins, bladders, skins to complex organs like kidney, liver, heart and many more. A fact states that companies working with medical industry contribute 13% to the total 3DP revenue. Using the AM technologies, various implants comprising of hip implants, spinal implants and cranial implants are made possible.
IoT and 3D printing might look like the greatest marriage of two buzzwords in the history of tech. The internet of things, after all, unlike the internet of applications and data, takes up 3D space and uses physical materials, including the electronics that control devices and carry their data home. Additive manufacturing is particularly useful during the prototyping process of electronic devices. Since the components might change regularly during this step, it will impact the shape and size of the enclosure. If you’re working with injection molding, you can’t adapt easily to these modifications. But thanks to 3D printing, you can do it in a heartbeat, with no additional costs.
Robotics is one of the fields where 3D printing is used extensively. From grippers to outer body, everything can be 3D printed. It can be used for prototyping of mass production robots or for printing of customized end product. Companies like Kuka is 3D printing all of their manufacturing jigs and fixtures in-house. Small DIY companies is using 3D printing for batch production of their robotic kits. According to Wohler’s Report 2014, final part production in robotics is now over more than one third (34.7 percent) of the additive manufacturing market.