Beginning 2016, the world has introduced 3D printing to various segments of our lifestyles starting from architecture to medicine, and even SpaceX satellites!
Consequently, the 3D printing industry continued its evolutionary process with more jaw-dropping innovations in 3D printing.
The size of 3D printed objects are restricted by the size of the printer; as a result, a team of Dutch engineers found the perfect method for printing oversized items, such as the home furniture.
This innovation involved a robotic hand with an extruder capable of squirting out metal for supporting a structure.
The engineers worked alongside Autodesk and Heijmans Construction Company to print the model of a bridge connecting the canal in Amsterdam.
The conventional way adopted by the majority of the 3D printer uses “layer-by-layer” method (additive printing method), which takes a long time to print an object as well as reduces the object’s durability.
The CEO of Carbon3D Joseph DeSimone was then inspired by the villain of Terminator 2 to adopt “Continuous Liquid Interface Production.”
The result gave birth to 3D printed objects at 25 to 100 times faster than a conventional printer following the additive printing method.
Printing in Space:
3D printing a rocket engine enables the scientists to experiment with it more efficiently and feasibly.
In fact, Elon Musk and his team of engineers at SpaceX continued doing so for a long time with their 3D printed rocket engine called SuperDraco.
The rocket eventually took flight this year, which is further responsible for lowering the costs for traveling to space significantly.
3D Printers for everyone:
The purpose of 3D printers is to allow people to print plastic objects of any kind their mind comes up with. It simply requires a 3D model, which is then fed to a printer for printing.
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Another innovation to be introduced here is the pricing and distribution channel.
3D printing industry in China intends to distribute printers throughout the entire country with the Government’s support.
The engineers at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology have designed a printer with the ability to polymerize liquid resin using the light from a cell phone.
And the test prints had shown remarkable resolution, the research continues even today.
The innovation will bring down the costs of printing drastically, and the inventors of this device want to use the phone for scanning and later using its light inside the tiny printer for printing an end product.
Eventually, we may end up printing as much as we’re constantly texting right now. Stay with ForgePortal for more exciting news on more innovations in 3D printing.