Emerging Trends in 3D Printing
From a patented identity exclusive to industry experts and researchers to the technology available on Amazon, 3D printing has come a long way. 3D printing was founded in 1984 and has finally come close to realizing its true potential in 2020. Companies like HP and GE have now tapped into this niche market and are advertising their benefits.
Although still in its early days in developing countries, 3D printing in India is on the rise. The technology has slowly started benefitting multiple industries. It is gradually becoming a household name, entering the life of the naive customer.
Companies like 3Dexter are heading campaigns that provide workshops and awareness about the revolution it can bring. They are taking the initiative of including 3D printing in school curriculums and colleges to bring about a technological revolution. With such diverse possibilities, we look into the emerging trends for 3D printing and what’s in store for the future.
Inventions over innovation
While most of the industries in this century have looked to develop upon the previously laid technologies, 3D printing isn’t just about innovation. Its benefits include inventing new technologies then updating the old ones. It doesn’t intend to replace old techniques like injection molding.
It is perhaps going to build a platform for new inventions. Engineers will have a powerful tool in hand. 3D printing can lead to possibilities like instant manufacturing of spare parts. It may remove huge losses due to unsold spare parts. 3Dexter is bringing innovation to young minds. When youth gets exposure to technology, it leads to new imaginations and intentions.
Prototyping is the future
Automotive, aerospace and machinery industries have increased the use of 3D printing. Prototyping gives a cost-effective way of testing technology. These industries, as well as college students, are using the prototype to test the feasibility of new designs. But its no more limited to just prototyping. 3D printing of components will be used extensively as the printing capability increases.
3D printing is currently used to print spare parts on a lower scale. If it manages to increase productivity, extra costs of retooling and storing spare parts will decrease. You will also be able to print components of different sizes without developing new molds. 3D printing in India can support the developing industries and open up new opportunities for youth.
Developing printing material
The SLA or resin material used so far in 3D printing is suitable for prototyping but won’t become components for practical use. But engineers are working to develop materials that can be used to print specific parts.
Metal printing technologies are advancing, giving way to strengthened printed components. Selective Laser Sintering is also developing, which will better the quality of printing material. The development of material will play a massive role in incorporating 3D printing in industrial use.