When it comes to 3D printing, the sky is the limit. There’s nowhere that the technology can’t go, and no field it can’t improve. It has already made its presence felt in the fields of engineering and design, but there are some more obscure fields where it is also making its mark. Let’s look at some of them.
3D Printing in the Fashion Industry
It might come as a surprise when you first hear that 3D printing has its uses in the fashion industry, but the more you think about it, the more it starts to make sense.
Due to its very nature, three-dimensional printing allows for more personalization in the fashion industry. Whether this is by printing directly onto fabric or adding printed items to already designed pieces; the possibilities are endless.
It also allows for more customized pieces of clothing such as shoe soles fitted to a particular wearer’s feet. As this technology improves, its use in the fashion industry will continue to increase.
The medical field is one area that is sure to benefit from the widespread use of 3D printing. However, if we narrow that entire field down, we find one area that is in dire need of some improvement –prosthetics.
Currently, prosthetics are expensive, take a long time to manufacture, and don’t always fit the user. However, 3D printing will change all this because it involves custom design. Prosthetic limb makers can simply measure a patient and print a limb that is suited for their needs.
Architecture and Construction
3D printing has the potential to revolutionize the fields of architecture and construction. Let’s take a look at how this technology can affect each field.
The model design process can greatly benefit from the use of 3D printing. Currently, models are painstakingly designed by hand and changes are difficult to incorporate. Printing out models saves time and money, and allows easy incorporation of changes.
As far as construction goes, there is already major advancement in the use of 3D printing to create houses. With Dubai recently unveiling their entirely printed office space, the sky is the limit for the use of this technology in the construction field.
As we can see, 3D printing looks set to take a lot of industries by storm. Fashion, prosthetics, architecture and construction, and hundreds of other industries can significantly improve through the use of 3D printing. The future of 3D printing is certainly looking bright and exciting. Only time will reveal all this technology has in store for us!