Nothing quite has the power to transform the world like technology does. If you were to make a list of technologies that have changed the way the world functions, you would probably not think of 3D printing as one among them; not at least at this moment. But a few years down the line, it might be the first thing to crop up in your head when you go about redoing the same list. People are realising the exponential potential of 3D printing and many have taken to it like fish to water.
3D printing is a medium that allows you to give all your ideas a tangible form. You can create a design on your computer, or use a 3D scanner to create designs based on tangible objects and 3D print them to bestow your imagination with real world existence. The 3D printing process works around the concept of additive manufacturing. It’s like making bread but only in reverse. In the 3D printing universe, you don’t make a loaf of bread and then cut it into slices but make loads of slices and then glue them together to make a loaf. The 3D printing process involves breaking the design of the desired object into thousands of pieces and then adding successive layers of the material from which the object can be made, one upon another. These layers then stick together to form the final product.
3D printing is the go to option for many businesses and innovators when they seek to create a prototype of a product. The performance results of the 3D print prototype help them make more informed decisions during the product development process which hence enables them to conceptualize the product much better than otherwise. While there are other alternatives available to 3D printing, none of them quite matches its time and cost efficiency. The applications of this technology are not restricted to commercial and industrial purposes. Many people utilize it on a personal scale to produce customized goods for themselves. You could tweak the design of an existing product to suit your requirements and 3D print that special, personalized design into material form. Such articles also serve as great gift items as there is always a ‘personal touch’ involved in making a 3D print product.
The 3D printing machines are quite easy to operate and you wouldn’t need to spend a lot of time learning how to use them at their optimal best. You could create unique items ranging from daily use articles such as cups and keychains to highly advanced tools such as metal machine parts for personal, commercial or industrial use. Most of these machines are customizable and you could add an accessory or two to your 3D printing kit and get your 3D print just as you want it.