A Look at How the Industry Has Changed and Positively Impacted Other Industries Throughout History
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We live in a world that is completely consumer oriented. If a customer wants something, they can generally have it within a few days or even instantly depending on what the item is. Even our 3D ideas that we have for products are not out of the realm of possibilities thanks to 3D Printing. However, 3D Printing has not always been so adaptable. It too had a beginning, and since 3D Printing’s infancy, it has helped countless individuals and impacted many facets of industry. Here is a look at the history of 3D Printers and how they have had a positive impact on humanity as a whole.
Where it All Began
Like most inventions, 3D Printing all started with an idea. The idea of printing photopolymers in layers to produce a 3D Image was originally published in 1981 by Hideo Kodama. However, it was not until 1984 when Charles Hull made history introducing the first functional 3D Printer to the world. Since the first 3D Printed Model came out of that machine, new designs for 3D Printers and materials used by the machines have made the world a better place. Today, 3D Printing is considered essential to a number of industries and business entities the world over.
The Father of 3D Printing, Charles Hull. His 3D Printed bust now sits in the National Inventors Hall of Fame. To the write is his first working 3D Printer setup.
3D Printing Helps in the Medical Field
Medical science has always been fascinating. The study of keeping people healthy and the intricate workings of the human body has taken hundreds of years to develop as it is today. Medical science has utilised pharmaceuticals and procedures to help people live longer than ever before and part of that is thanks to 3D Printing.
Equipment within the medical field tends to evolve rather quickly. Machines that are revolutionary one minute are old hat the next. 3D Printers have been used to produce replacement organs, bones, and even specific medical tools to treat rare diseases and conditions. The reason 3D Printers are now being utilised in hospitals and doctor’s offices is due to the high versatility of the machines. A 3D Printer can be used for many avenues within the medical field and thankfully, is an adaptable technology. 3D Printing in the medical field is merely just getting started. The future is bright and soon, every area of the medical industry will employ 3D Printers.
3D Printed Prosthetics have given those that lose limbs a new lease on life with lifelike depictions of their original limb. Even those without limbs can feel a semblance of normalcy through 3D Printing.
3D Printing has come a long way since simply polymer-based materials were originally used. Today’s 3D Printers can utilise materials such as multiple composites and even wood, but what makes it so unique is that metals can be as well. This opens doors into multiple industries that require intense durability to their manufactured products. The automotive industry is where metal fabrication is essential for safety and security throughout the vehicle.
Crash tests, break away motor mounts, seatbelts, and air bags have all been credited as revolutionary in the automotive industry. Today, 3D Printing is becoming just as important. Not only has the durability of 3D Printed materials proven capable of manufacturing an entire vehicle. Many manufacturers are utilising the technology to produce replacement parts. That might sound unexciting to some, but if you have a rare car, in which parts are difficult to find, a simple call to a manufacturer that uses 3D Printing manufacturing will yield you the specific part for the correct model without searching salvaged vehicles. 3D Printing will lead to an end to large scale storage facilities and the need to manufacture additional parts for storage.
3D Printed Ford Blower Replacement for Classic and New Model Vehicles.
The Construction Industry
Traditional construction materials are becoming increasingly expensive. The average consumer can merely dream of constructing their dream home. Some blame labor for increased cost, but in reality, it is the high cost of manufacturing new materials for home construction. The solution is not to cut the costs from the employees working, but actually revolutionise the way we produce materials for the construction industry. 3D Printing has already done this in some areas.
Trash is soon to overrun the world and many of these materials could be recycled in a way that benefits all. China is among the nations that have embraced the concept of manufacturing building materials through 3D Printing, but the focus is on reducing waste. Recycled materials are refashioned into workable materials to construct affordable housing for low income families. If every nation would grab ahold of this concept, we would greatly diminish the environmental waste issues facing the world today. As a bonus, we could all have the homes of our dreams.
3D Printed Homes for Low Income Families in China. 6 Story Apartment Building in Shanghai
3D Printers have come a long way since 1984 and yet, there is more to do. If you are among those that have wanted to get into the world of 3D Printing, now is the time. Let your ideas come to fruition through beautiful 3D Printed Models and concepts of your own design.