The manufacturing and engineering
industries have used 3D printing
processes for many years. However, it
did not improve its market share due to
the fact the process was very slow.
In addition, the costs of buying, leasing
and using 3D printers was usually
prohibitive. Costs have come down in
recent years and the improved
technology used in 3D printer equipment
has resulted in increased demand.
Companies can spend anything from a
few thousand dollars to millions of dollars
on research and development of new
products each year. It can take months
or often several years to come up with a
working model of a new product.
The design and prototype stage can be
completed much quicker with computer
design software linked to a 3D printer.
There has been a noticeable increase in
the use of 3D by the fashion and fabric
industries in recent years. Stores and
retail outlets provide a service to
customers in which they can choose to
have items of clothing and other goods
Many items can be customized using the
buyers name, slogan or sometimes a
photograph printed onto the garment or
other personalized item.
The medical sector relies heavily on the
use of 3D imaging and printer equipment
to produce x-rays and scans. Whereas x-
rays produce a picture of a specific area
of the body, a scan can produce a much
more detailed 3D image.
Scan can usually provide the physician
with a much clearer and detailed view of
the problem area.
Architects use computer aided design
and 3D equipment to design and produce
scaled models of their buildings. The
model replicates in miniature the building
design structure. Changes to the design
can be made quickly on the computer
and a new model produced.
Crime scenes can easily be
reconstructed using a 3D program and
This allows the relevant professionals to
examine several different scenarios in
order to determine what actually
happened. It is often used when there is
a need for facial reconstruction in order
to identify and individual.
The equipment used for 3D prints may
still be out-with the budget level of most
Developments in technology and an ever
growing demand will eventually result in
a drop in the prices.
When that happens they will become a
more cost effective option for the
majority of home users.
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