Anyone who’s been following tech news for the last couple of years will already have seen a number of cool items that can be made with a 3D printer. These devices are some of the hottest property at the moment, and while they’re certainly not cheap to buy, their applications are literally limitless. For the most part, they’re mainly used by inventors and business owners at the moment, but as prices drop, you can expect to see them in every household around the country much like desktop computers are today.
Don’t get me wrong, this technology certainly isn’t perfected yet, and there are many limitations at the moment which regards to which objects can be constructed using this technique. However, the basic theory is there, and so we’re just waiting for the designers and engineers to catch up.
Take a moment to check out some of these items. I bet you’ll be as stunned as me…
Fighter Jet Parts
This is pretty shocking, but towards the end of 2012, the British RAF engaged in the first manned flight of a fighter jet containing 3D printed parts. It was a Tornado GR4 aircraft, and those involved in the experiment predicted the new method of construction could save them over £1,000,000 in yearly maintenance costs.
There are many children in African countries who’ve suffered at the hands of warmongers over the last 50 years, and many of them have been injured by landmines at one time or another. This is why I found it so exciting to hear that numerous charities are now in the process of purchasing 3D printers that allow them to create customised and fitted prosthetic limbs for the children in their care.
You might think printing a house would be a mammoth task, however; a team of scientists from the University of Southern California have managed to scale the technique up to average building sizes. This is brilliant because it means people could live for far less money in the future, and those without homes could be given shelter for little expense. While reputable specialists like Opti Graphics aren’t yet at this stage, the industry is moving so quickly; who knows where the average 3D printing expert will be in five years time.
It should go without saying that many childrens toy manufacturers are investing heavily in 3D printing technology, as it has the potential to seriously cut down their costs. Obviously, this could mean the loss of thousands of jobs, but it will make toy companies more profitable when the method is perfected. Indeed, there are already a number of top toys on the market that have been created via this new printing technique.
And that’s not all folks; 3D printing is currently being used for crime scene reproduction, musical instruments, space telescope images, jewelry, handbags, records and just about everything else you can think of.
Will it revolutionise manufacturing and change the world forever? In truth? It already has.
Keep ‘em peeled guys, 3D printing is the future!