Some of the Key Achievements of 3D Printing

 Kabir Raja
  Jan 28, 2019

The achievements of 3D printing are too many. When listing the achievements, it’s difficult to start and even more difficult to end the list. In this article, I’ll discuss some of the achievements, which beckon the impending growth that this industry will undergo in the immediate future. So, keep reading.

Medical achievements

Among so many medical achievements, the one that deserves a mention is the bionic ear, which researchers at Princeton University have developed using 3D-printing techniques.

An assistant professor called Michael McAlpine said researchers have proposed some strategies so the biological and thermal aspects bode well with electronics. His team used a 3D interwoven format to facilitate the synergy between electronics and biology, and the strategy worked.

Tissue engineering is just one achievement of 3D. There are plenty other achievements. One of them is implanting 3D-printed devices to a baby so he can recover from troubles regarding breathing. If you want to see a live video of this, click here.

Aerospace achievements

As 3D printing has become almost all-pervasive, you can feel its presence across a number of industries. What’s more interesting is these fields can be totally remote from each other. For example, there’s hardly any commonality between 3D printing and aerospace engineering. But 3D can be applied in both these fields.

If you are a 3D enthusiast, you might feel delighted to know not only privately owned organizations, but an organization such as NASA is showing interest in it too; that’s because 3D can herald the advancements in the field of space research.

Going into details can make this discussion unnecessarily long. So let me just introduce some of the cool projects by NASA below:

- Battery-mounting plate: The material used in the 3D printed plate was polyetherketoneketone. The plate was first tested by a device, which is thermally controlled. NASA manufactured this plate to bolster its sounding rocket mission.

- System on a Chip: Your smartphone probably contains a System on Chip (SoC) What NASA has manufactured is called System on a Chip, and it is slightly different. Astronauts can use this device for housekeeping purposes. The device has some interesting features such as it is radiation-absorbent and application specific. It also has an integrated structure.

- Space 3D printer: The manufacturer is called Made in Space Inc. The project was outsourced to MIS by the Marshall Space Flight Center of NASA. The 3D printer is the first ever manufacturing device for space.

3D’s increased intrusion in space research can make privately held companies interested to invest in it.

Entertainment industry

All the time someone discusses 3D’s role in the entertainment industry, what inevitably pops up in mind is 3D animation. But there are more than one ways 3D can benefit the entertainment arena.

A new technique called Stereoscopy can help 3D films go a long way. 3D films are already overly popular, and Stereoscopy can bring them to our living room in tandem with active shutter glass equipped 3D televisions. The technology is still evolving; when fully evolved, it can make your living room look whatever you want it to look.

The 3D replicas of actors are getting more and more popular. In the future, we might get to see a realistic film with no real actors, only with their 3D replicas.

Art preservation

3D printing can be used to preserve artworks. Students of the Wakayama Technical High School in Japan have 3D printed a Buddha statue. The benefit of this initiative is valuable art forms can be stopped from being stolen.

Other than Buddha statue, the students also 3D scanned and 3D-printed Buddha masks. The masks are relics and had been kept in a local museum for a long time. Visitors were earlier allowed to touch and lift the real mask. Now, they’ll touch the replica without realizing it is a replica.

Museums all over the world can endorse this approach. They have million dollars worth relics, which they put on display. Their 3D printed replicas will look totally like them. This way, the museums can remove the original architectural items and showcase the 3D printed ones, thereby nullifying the odds of theft.

zIn the future

I am firmly of the opinion that the future holds many more surprises for us. 3D printing will keep making it big and adding new innovations to our lives.

Some of the Key Achievements of 3D Printing

Kabir Raja

Kabir Raja is a hardware engineer by profession. But that does not prevent him from showing interest in a variety of fields. He is also a web enthusiast and loves to blog on topics ranging from fashion to wedding and from security to environmental issues.

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