Little did we know, 3D printing is already with us for decades. It dates back to the late 1980’s. But it isn’t mainstream back then as how they market it today. Stereolithography, one of the known rapid technology methodology, is used for replicating prototypes or scale models using CAD data. It produces accurate results which cuts-off production costs in half.
AM, also known as additive manufacturing, is the process of building a 3D design CAD model by adding melted material layer by layer to produce intricately and accurately designed prototypes.
As the years go by, this technology does not just constitute a great market potential for the manufacturing industry but also breakthrough innovations in the science and technology.
The advantage of 3D printing for us is massive. Every individual can create their own personalized products. Imagine how countless products we can make. Even in different industries, 3D printing can bring a lot of improvements. For Medical purposes, it can create internal fixation implants for repairing a bone. In automotive, it can make lightweight parts for racing cars making. As per aviation, GE invested on using this technology to ignite another industrial revolution.
We are at the dawn of a new industrial era. It will not be so soon that we can create what we visualize. That is why 3D printing holds a strong future for all of us.