It goes without saying that 3D printing has a bright future. There are plenty of industry segments where it could be applied and produce mind-boggling results. In this article, we'll discuss the present of 3D printing and speculate its future.
3D printing has its application across different segments, both commercial as well as non-commercial. A company called IDTechEX will conduct an event in 2016. The event will be called 3D Printing Europe 2016. The key details of the event have already been laid out. Let’s have a quick look at them.
3D Printing Europe 2016
The technological and market-related aspects of 3D printing will be covered at the event through various conferences and trade-shows. 3D specialists will attend those conferences alongside other technologists. The analysts at IDTechEX have prepared the speaker program carefully.
The event will focus on some key aspects of 3D printing such as the industry requirements from 3D and end-user needs, a comprehensive idea of the 3D printing process and the materials needed for it, the process of material development, opportunities and appraisal for 3D in the high-end market through insights gathered.
Commercial 3D printing
Some of the industry segments, where 3D printing has become quite commonplace, are architecture, engineering, health care and electronics.
- Architecture-This industry has already undergone a revolution courtesy to 3D printing. Architects not only render flawless designs with an aesthetic appeal, but also reduce the operational cost by closing the gap between the construction planning and the real work.
- Engineering – 3D printing has revolutionized this segment as well. A few years back, the application of 3D printing in engineering was restricted to building prototypes. But now 3D printing is being used to render actual mechanical parts. Another remarkable achievement was a significant decrease in the cost of a 3D printer as it allowed companies to save cost on engineering projects.
- Healthcare – 3D printing comes with a lot of benefits when used in the healthcare industry. Dentists can use it, surgeons can use it, and so can many other healthcare professionals. For successful oral scanning, computer-aided design is useful. A branch of dentistry called digital dentistry has emerged recently that relies on cutting-edge tools pertaining to 3D printing. Dental materials such as orthodontic appliances, positioning trays, clear aligners, etc can be 3D printed now.
- Electronics – Like engineering, industrial and consumer electronics have also embraced 3D printing and gotten a hang of its benefits. The early applications of 3D printing used to render prototypes and models with limited functionality. But now it’s possible to 3D print full-scale hardware solutions, one example of which is the Combo Breaker by Sammy.
3D printing for entertainment
The entertainment industry has seen the application of 3D printing lately. The US-based indie rock band called Broken Bells have allowed their fans to 3D print their own models. That's just one example of the application of 3D printing in the entertainment industry. There are plenty other examples that are even more revolutionary and awe-inspiring.
3D printed games not only mesmerize the users through riveting gameplay experience, but also open a new door for the entire gaming industry. The latest 3D games are based on the scan-design-manufacture software, which quickly scans an original object using advanced tools like Geomatic Capture. Next, the data obtained is reverse engineered and machine programming is started. Creative people like artists and designers also chip in the design process and their participation enhances the quality of the design.
The movie industry has also been blessed by 3D. Non-photorealistic rendering as a technique and Rotoscoping, another technique similar to it have been used in a few movies. Experts are of the opinion that new 3D techniques of the future will shake the entertainment industry. Already innovative 3D tools such as Face-Off machine can create the replica of a movie star, in the future, the capability of such machines will increase further.
We can deduce some interesting conclusions from the discussion above. 3D printing has started to make a foothold and it is aiming for an all-pervasive mode. The day is not far when 3D printing and associated practices will dominate the tech industry, paving way for new innovations in the fields of science, consumer electronics and entertainment.
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