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Over the past several years, countless technological innovations have had a major impact on the world. These innovations play a very important role in our lives and are in fact seen as a basis of growth of an economy.
One of the most monumental inventions is the 3D printer – a device that can create real, tangible 3D objects in real-time based on the details from a digital design. Unlike conventional printing which uses paper and ink, 3D printing can be made up of sandstone, ABS plastic, nylon, or even metals. This variety of materials used means that 3D-printed creations can be applied in almost any industries.
But how do brands and companies adapt to these vast technological inventions to help the economy? How do they welcome innovation to improve and streamline their work process? Below are some of the ways how 3D printing is being used today by different industries, and how its technology is making a positive impact on society.
Healthcare has changed dramatically under 3D printing. 3D printing solutions can now be used in medicine to provide better patient care, give faster way to improve medical devices, help researchers develop treatments and cures, and personalize patient-specific models such as; prosthetic parts that fit accurately, bones that can rebuild breaks, and even more revolutionary, 3D bioprinters that print surgical models or living human tissues.
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Especially now that a new corona virus has emerged and created a pandemic outbreak, 3D printing communities and manufacturers of each affected countries banded together to respond to the needs of the front liners amidst the COVID-19, such as producing 3D printed face shields, ventilators, medical tubing and valves to aid frontlines in hospitals.
For that reason, 3D printers are popularly used in medicine to create more comfortable treatment options – and ones that fit patients better than ever before.
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While major companies like Ford and General Motors are retooling their factories to produce medical equipment, “makers” like Gainer are also stepping up to help, firing up their CNC routers, 3D printers, and even sewing machines. The maker community prides itself on self-sufficiency, sharing data, and being nimble — all qualities that stand to help in this time of crisis.
3D printing improves efficiency and redefines the limits of manufacturing in industries from dental to automotive. Arguably, traditional approaches to manufacturing are no longer the only way to bring brands’ products to market. In the era of Industry 4.0, manufacturing with additive brings new opportunities to brands such as; reduce production cycles, remove complexity from final assembly, product lightweight, high-strength structures, and create hyper-realistic prototypes.
Whether brands are creating a simple jig, end-of-arm effectors or outfitting the entire factory floor as they scale up production, brands cannot afford to use anything less than industrial strength additive technology to meet their needs.
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Increasing Mass Personalization of Products
As 3D printing innovations become more diverse with continuous advancements in technology, companies will be able to win customers by building products around more specific consumer wants and needs.
By keeping their design-to-production process lean, brands can efficiently design and create products for the unique fit, performance and aesthetics consumers demand.
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Facilitating Architecture and Construction
3D printing can leverage architecture even more to boost effectiveness and creativity. Traditionally, the designer and contractor have separate roles and the insight of how reality relates to design sometimes do not align. But with 3D printing, the designer can physically produce the design he has on mind. The designer is involved in the “making” part of the design, resulting to in better and more “thought out” architectural designs.
Before, models were only made at the end of the design process. Now, models are 3D printed at every design iteration – leading to conversation starters and debate which is very constructive to the design process.
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Learning has fundamentally changed and 3D printing is playing an important role in the transformation. 3D printing is one way that teachers can use technology to develop students’ skills such as; empowering student innovation, research and career-readiness with cutting-edge materials and technologies.
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Even more, they can use 3D printing to improve a wide array of lessons in a selection of subjects including science, history, and more. Teachers can now 3D print replicas of items like fossils, bones, and historical artifacts, which are too fragile for students to handle. These 3D models give them a better understanding of what the actual objects look and feel like.
3D printing can also be used to teach physics and engineering and help spark kids’ creative and design skills.
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The use of 3D printing is an impressive display of technology’s vital contribution to answering the needs of society. It’s also an interesting development to see in terms of how 3D printing can impact and contribute to different industries in the years to come.
Throughout the years, NORDE has been in the business of providing modern machineries to help built various industries here in the Philippines.
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