3D printers are posed to change the shape of the future in ways that even people who have have promoted them from day one may have not expected. In the past year, there was much speculative discussion about the the implications of 3D printing’s stock closing lower for the second time in a row; nevertheless, there are clear signs that the technology is well on its way to making an unprecedented impact on the world at large.
Enhanced domestic and industrial manufacturing
3D printing gives manufacturers the opportunity to manufacture their goods with a level of efficiency and speed that may have once been considered impossible. Ideally, 3D printing would give manufacturers the ability to create their goods without any excessive waste of vital materials.
The enhancement of domestic manufacturing would not only make it easier to preserve materials, but it would also possibly cut down on the need for outsourcing as well.
More efficient healthcare
One of the strongest cases made for the development of stronger 3D-printing technology is its proven ability to contribute to better healthcare. One of the greatest pitfalls in modern healthcare for those who have seriously damaging conditions is the challenge of receiving suitable organs for transplant operation in time; 3D printers have the ability to provide an answer to this problem. 3D-printed organs can help those who may have otherwise had no hope of getting a transplanted organ in time to have another chance at living.
Global workforce adjustments
While the automated power of 3D printing poses definite potential advantages to component needs of automotive and home-building industries, there’s also possible implications for the employees of said industries.
Much like the industrial revolution brought about changes for the necessity of men to carry out handheld tasks that could be performed by machines, the potential of 3D printing has led some to speculate about what 3D printing could mean for certain engineers.
When a person with no technological expertise can easily produce something with enough leverage to impact leaders in the engineering industry, it is no wonder why many are curious about how this could effect the engineering and manufacturing workforce.
In a 2015 report by Wohlers, it was predicted that the 3D printing industry is likely to grow by as much as 31% per year until the close of the current decade. Should this prediction come true, then the global revenue of 3D printing would reach around $21 billion. Time will tell just what new ways 3D printing will shape the future in all sectors for years to come.