Unlimited possibilities in 3D Printing
At the time when the science fiction movies star wars were released, so many thought that it would into reality after some centuries. But 3D printing is expected to create such things in the coming years.
What is 3d printing?
3d printing or additive manufacturing is a technique used to build 3d objects from a digital model by an additive process. It forms 2d layer objects and joins them to form a 3d object. The scope of applying 3d printing is unlimited.
Scope of 3d printing:
For exploring the possibility of wide range of applications in 3d printing, we will just through some of its achievements in various fields.
- 1992 BUILDING PARTS, LAYER BY LAYER:
The 3d systems produced the first SLA machine, which is called as stereo lithographic apparatus. The machine produces the three dimensional parts layer after layer and joins them to form the whole 3d solid object. The 3d object can be build overnight by using this apparatus.
- 1999 ENGINEERED ORGANS:
This was a great breakthrough in the field of life sciences for using 3d printing. This technology was first created by the scientists of Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. They created a 3D synthetic scaffold which is coated with the patient’s own cells and grown under lab conditions. This was used for organ implantation in a young patient undergoing urinary bladder augmentation. The risk of rejection is minimized by using patient’s own cells.
- 2008: Self Replicating Printer:
It was a wonderful achievement in 2008, after its launch in 2005, the self replicating machine Darwin is able to prints its own components. It allows the users to create multiple printers of the same kind.
- 2013: cheap and affordable 3d printers:
By the hard work and research of many scientists, they are able to reduce the cost of 3d printers along with the manufacturing cost. Now 3d printers are being used in the house hold uses and for office purposes.
Possibilities of applying 3d printing:
3d printing can be used for an array of applications. This technology is used for both prototyping and distributed manufacturing in jewellery, footwear, industrial design, architecture, engineering and construction, automotive, aerospace, dental and medical industries, education, geographic information systems, civil engineering, and many other fields.
Future applications in 3d printing would certainly include the creation of equipment in the field of science or applying the 3d printing in the reconstruction of fossils which belong to the ancient history. It can be used for replicating the ancient crafting of archaeology, reconstruction of bones and body parts in forensic pathology and used in the reconstruction of evidence acquired in the crime scene investigations. The technology is also used in the construction field.
The application range of 3d printing is wide and one can expect tremendous changes in the production field by using 3D printing.