This much talked about technology, is constantly in the news when new developments or progress is made on ongoing projects. The reason why this revolutionary machinery is so popular is because of its potential and what it could help home and business users achieve. Imagine creating your own shoes, t-shirts or even food! The possibilities of what could be created is endless but check out these 5 things that are actually possible.
1. Build your own robot
The MIT (Massachusetts institute of technology) were granted $10 million from the National Science Foundation to carry out their project on developing a desktop technology that would allow user to design, create and print your own specialised robot. The potential of this is huge as robots can be created to ensure disaster relief and personalized health care.
2. Make you own jewellery
Every woman’s dream. Just imagine how much money would be saved if you created your own necklaces and bracelets plus, you could be as creative and imaginative as you like. Many wholesale traders are creating their own jewellery and passing it on to reseller using this 3D technology but I don’t think it’s quite ready yet for home users.
3. Medical Industry: Bones
Yes that’s right, bones! I had to look twice when I first read this but 3D printer can actually be used to create “bone like” material which in turn can be used to repair injuries. 3D printers were first used to produce 3D objects from damaged bone images by first using a CAT scanner to produce the image, followed by a 3D printer to create the model.
Melissas, a Brazilian footwear company created a shoe for women out of the plastic known as Melflex. The difficulty is that most polymers that are used within 3D printers are hard and inflexible which can make the object uncomfortable but students and designers haven’t been deferred by this and are finding new ways to make the shoes more comfortable.
Can you imagine having a 3D printer next to microwave? Many restaurants and food outlets would be able to use this for food that requires high precision like cake or icing decorations. Who knows in five years’ time, you could have one in your home?
Well that’s it, 5 things that can be made with a 3D printer but what If you had access to a 3D printer, what would you create?
Daniel Whittaker; works at Cartridge Monkey, a company that suppliers ink cartridges in the Uk. Daniel manages the content at Cartridges Monkey and loves to write on website optimisation.