Is 3D Printing the Future?

Imagine going online and ordering pretty much whatever you like, precisely to the specifications you want, and an hour later it is ready for you. Companies like Amazon are predicting this. They are hoping to see an advance in the 3D printing world to fulfil customer needs and desires. Printing services in Australia and around the world may be headed this way.

It has emerged that Amazon filed a patent application within the US for all the trucks and vans to be equipped with 3D printers. The printer will take the order and then make the item either at the customer’s location or on the way to it. 

Perhaps you are hosting a dinner party, but you forgot to buy the cutlery. Don’t waste time and go out and about to buy some more for the extra attending guests. With a 3D printer, all you need to do is go online to find a design, download, and print it. While it may sound a little farfetched, it seems to be closer to reality than you may think. The home desktop 3D printers are already becoming affordable, and it looks like just a matter of time before they become an everyday item we have in our home.

3D printer uses and applications

3D printing technology is being developed and embraced by a variety of industries. The most common here are prototyping, dental, medical, education, biotech, food and fashion. Looking on a larger scale, industries like civil and general engineering architecture, aerospace, construction and automotive engineering could all use 3D printing technology. The possibilities are endless.

Several IT companies like Google and Microsoft have enabled their hardware to use 3D scanning, which is a sign that smartphones can all have integrated 3D scanners in them. 

Nike has joined HP to use 3D printers so multicoloured prototypes of shoes can be created. Thousands were spent beforehand, and it took weeks to arrive. The cost is now just a few hundred, and it can be printed the same day.

The worldwise 3D printing world is estimated to grow from $3 billion in revenue in the year 2013 to $12 billion by the year 2018, with exceeding limits of $21 billion worldwide by 2020. 3D printing technology is destined to transform all sorts of industries and even change the way we play, work and live in the future.

The future

There are predictions that 3D printing can have a mass-market appeal as the capital costs will be lowered. The buyers can avoid the extra expense and time that comes with buying everyday items like cutlery. Many advocates say that technology advancement will change the nature of the whole commerce industry. The end-users are able to manufacture their own items, so the trade and engagement with other corporations will dwindle down.

3D printers have the capabilities of outputting various materials and colours that already exist and will only improve and develop further. With the positive effects that 3D printing can have on the development of construction, art, medical and critical issues like waste reduction and energy use, it seems the consumer desire for speed and customisation is set to change the world as we know it. Each year new 3D printing is going to come out with improved capabilities; it will just continue to grow.

Online printing services in Australia are looking towards 3D printing for the future. It won’t be long before we have the skills to be printing human organs and using them to save lives. Of course, if we aren’t already doing something similar somewhere around the world.