The rise in popularity of 3D printing has had a range of positive impacts on our lives. It can be used in a range of fields, from healthcare to technology, so we can feel the benefits in all areas of our lives. Here we’ll take a look at some of the ways 3D printing technology is changing our lives for the better.
Home users can get involved in the 3D printing craze too, and make goods for their own use. The technology is becoming more and more affordable now – it’s possible to buy a great 3D printer under 1000. They can be used to make items so much faster than ever before. Even very complex designs can be printed from a file in a matter of hours, whether before it could potentially take weeks to get a prototype of a new product made.
Some of the more amazing uses of 3D printing include making new organs using a patients’ own cells. This reduces waiting times for donors, and can therefore help save lives, as organs are available much more quickly. The technology has also been used to create lung splints for patients with collapsed windpipes.
3D printed parts are also being used in the automotive industry. This can save time waiting for prototypes, meaning new cars can be developed quicker. Parts are also lighter in weight, meaning cars can have a greater fuel economy.
The aerospace industry is also making use of this new technology. NASA have plans to send a 3D printer into outer space, meaning if astronauts run out of any tools when they are on a mission, they will simply be able to print some more. Astronauts wouldn’t have to carry spare parts on their missions too, as they could make more if they did need them.