Not too long ago, 3D printing was a novelty. It was used primarily in making prototypes and, later on, in small batches of projects. At present, 3D printing is essential in projects that seemed far-fetched then like mass production of car parts. This is not the height of what 3D printing can do; in fact, this technology can do so much more moving forward. Experts follow the following industry can have provided insights on the role of 3D printing in how they do business.
1. Prototyping – 3D printing prototype products for market testing is practiced by a lot of companies now. This allows them leeway in the concept and business-planning stage of product development.
2. Manufacturing –Streamlining many processes, both pre-and post-production, is possible with the new materials now available for 3D printing and the faster 3D printers that are now in the market. 3D printing can automate a lot of repetitive and time-consuming tasks and this seen as a huge benefit to the manufacturing sector.
3. Local Small-batch production –At present, all kinds of parts and products are mass produced and shipped anywhere in the world. Offshore production is usually done in small developing countries and the transport of the parts and products necessitate shipping. With 3D printing, small-batch production of these parts and products can be done locally. This will lessen the need for offshore production and shipping cost.
4. Bio-Engineering –3D printing has long shown potential in the making of bones, teeth and joints. What’s especially good about it is it can adapt to the unique qualities of an individual. 3D printing and medicine will go a long way in bio-engineering.
5. Home Improvement –There is an increasing demand for home improvement products that stores find hard to meet. It is very common to hear that products go out of stock. With 3D printing, stores can replenish their supplies, be it plastic parts or specific metal components.
6. Fashion – The ability of 3D printing to adapt to unique specifications increases its potential in the fashion industry. It allows designers to create clothes with tailor-fit design and sizes.
7. Aerospace –This industry will benefit greatly from 3D printing. 3D printing allows the manufacture of difficult composite parts that are expensive to boot. At any time these parts are needed, they can be just 3D-printed.
8. Housing – 3D will continue to change even the way we live. The housing sector will use this technology in the years ahead because it allows them to make homes faster and cheaper.
9. Hardware – Local hardware stores will no longer need to carry a large assortment of tools, drill bits fasteners and the like. 3D printing can allow them to customized parts while the customer waits.
10. Electronics –There are a lot of electronic products that 3D printing can change. Let’s look at the cellphone. 3D printing can accommodate how you want your cellphone to be. If you want a bigger screen that the market does not carry, you can print one. Or, if you want a phone that has a bigger battery than usual, it can be but a print away.