Applications of 3D Printing

Today our world has no value without printing. Our daily needs, our official, non-official works, advertisements, study and many more are impossible without it. Think a day in your life without printing or any printed media, printed objects, or any other thing then in result if you go to buy your favourite food you won’t even find it without printing. If you go to a  restaurant, you will not have a dish menu to order, in a mall, there will be no name, there will be no newspapers, no advertisements, many government factories as well as non-government factories will collapse, no printed clothes, no quotes and nothing. It means we can say that the world can’t exist without printing media because we can’t even think a day without printing media.

There are many machines developed in the field of printing starting from a pen to a 3D Printer. In this article, we are going to make aware of some applications of 3D printing. There are more than a hundred applications of 3D printing but due to its high cost in low scale works, it is not used in many sectors. Here we are going to discuss majorly about 3D printers options and its types.

  1. Construction.
  2. Prototyping and Manufacturing.
  3. Medicine.

Construction

Construction has different uses various technologies which can be used by 3D Printing. In fact, 3D printing is the main and smartest way of constructing components and fabricating buildings.

The applications of 3D printing which can be used or we can say is being used in developed countries include extrusion (working with cement/concrete, polymers and foam, wax), additive welding and power bonding (i.e. reactive bond, sintering and polymer bonds).

The first example of 3D printing in the field of construction is a fully residential building in Yaroslavl, Russia in 2017. For this residence, approx. 600 elements of walls were assembled on-site after getting printed in a shop followed by the interior decoration and completion of the roof structure for the total area of 298.5 sq meters i.e 3213 sq feet.

Prototyping and Manufacturing

For the faster prototyping, 3D printing was developed first. It might cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce a single mold by using trading molded prototype, and takes time of a week which is highly impractical try improving the design in each new iteration but with the help of the 3D printing technology, which reduces the lead times required in traditional manufacturing from one week to few hours and also at a fraction of cost.

Medicine

In last few years there have been many 3D printing applications used in medical  sector. It ranges from bioprinting – the combination of biomaterials such as cells and growth factors to create tissue like structures imitating their natural counterparts – to the medical devices like prosthetics.

The applications of 3D printing is also used for producing metal orthopedic implants. 3D printing allows the materials to grow into the implant by easily integrating with the patient’s own natural bones, because of its printing capabilities of creating porus surfaces.