Growth of worldwide 3D printing technology and the way forward

3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process for making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many successive thin layers of a material, in order to have the best results, good quality Refurbished Photocopiers from are needed. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object. The worldwide 3D printing industry is expected to grow $12.8Billion by 2018, and exceed $21Billion by 2020 in revenue.

The areas where 3D printing has proven to be immensely advantageous are:

Medical Industry

Medical science is exploiting this technology at an extremely rapid pace. With the advent of this technology, patients around the world are able to experience improved quality of 3D printed implants and prosthetics like never before.

3D bio printing of human tissue has been around since 1990s. But of late, the development and the implementation of this technology in medical sciences scientists are in the midst of moving from printing tiny sheets of tissue to entire 3D organs. Layers of living cells are deposited onto a gel medium and slowly built up to form three dimensional structures by using inkjet techniques. Thanks to countless studies on human cells and tissues done with the help of companies like LifeNet Health, more advancements one medical technology will be available soon.

Aerospace & aviation industries

The developments in the metal additive manufacturing sector has largely boosted the utilization of 3D printing technology in the aerospace and aviation industries.

NASA for instance prints combustion chamber liners using selective laser melting and as of march 2015 the FAA cleared GE Aviation’s first 3D printed jet engine part to fly: a laser sintered housing for a compressor inlet temperature sensor.

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Automotive industry

Although the automotive industry was among the earliest adopters of 3D printing it has for decades relegated 3d printing technology to low volume prototyping applications.

These days, the use of 3D printing in automotive is evolving from relatively simple concept models for fit and finish checks and design verification, to functional parts that are used in test vehicles, engines, and platforms. It is expected 3D printing in the automotive industry will generate a combined $1.1 billion dollars by 2019.

Industrial printing

This technology is used to create prototype designs for traditional manufacturing and research purposes, which is called Rapid Prototyping.

3D printing allows ideas to develop faster than ever. Being able to 3D print a concept, shrinks the development process, helping companies stay one step ahead of the competition. Prototyping injection mold tools and production runs are expensive investments. The 3D printing process allows the creation of parts and/or tools through additive manufacturing at rates much lower than traditional machining. Discover the value and quality of the high-volume Print On Collins in Melbourne CBD services. Whatever size project you have to tackle, you can count on their experts every step of the way. If you do a lot of restoration or repair work, Speedwerx bead roller kit will save you money compared to hunting down rare parts or hiring someone else to make them.

Similarly, Rapid Manufacturing is a method of manufacturing where companies use 3D printers for short run custom manufacturing. In this process of manufacturing, the printed objects are not prototypes but the actual end user product.

Personalized Printing

3D printing holds immense potential to translate imagination into reality. Given the boom in digital art and design, we can now 3D print almost anything we imagine after drawing it up virtually. Hobbyists and enthusiasts can use this technology and a foundry and machine shop to make their idea and concepts come to life.

The way forward

Given the huge bank of opportunities in this sector and the rapid development of this technology, we can say with a sense of certitude that 3D printing will soon take over many more industries in the near future. Considering the scope, startups and entrepreneurs in India are seeing immense potential in 3D printing technologies. To name a few, following is a list of Indian startups which are playing in this avenue:
think3D, Brahma3, Global 3D Labs, Fractal Works, ShaperJet and 3Dify, among many others.


About the author

Asmaa Mubita is a Kenyan journalist of international repute with over fifteen years of experience in broadcast journalism. Asmaa Mubita began his journalism career at the Kenyan state broadcaster (KBC) and later worked at the KTN owned by the Standard Group and Citizen Television, the flagship brand of Royal Media Services. These exploits together with his reporting experience with the Voice of America, CNN and BBC have been rewarded with local and global recognition.