How’s 3D Printing is Changing the World
The world is on the cusp of a new revolution and it’s called 3D printing. To many of us, the very concept is quite foreign. What do you mean by 3D printing? After all, don’t we always print 3D objects with our regular printers?
Well, the answer is no. While a regular printer, as anyone would call it, can print in two axes, a 3D printer adds another axis, and that’s what makes the resulting product a three-dimensional object. It’s a truly exciting time because this technology is set to change the world in ways that you cannot imagine. The future promises to be better because 3D printing would allow us to:
- Print human tissue and use it for organ growth
- Reach new places in the solar system and ocean bottom
- Help us tackle the housing crisis in the world
- Improve your economies and protect intellectual property
- Add value to the entertainment industry
Printing Organic Organs for Transplants
There have been successful trials that involve 3D printers in printing human organs. While this may sound a little startling at first, the benefit of such practice is immense.
Specialists are still struggling with the exact science, but a future when nobody would have to die because of lack of spare organs is now close to an end, making doctors and patients’ lives so much easier, and admittedly, longer.
According to a 2016 research published by Melanie Matheu and Noelle Mullin, 3D printing human tissue is possible, and if that is possible, anything related to organic transplants is possible.
Colonizing the Solar System
One of the biggest challenges to mankind in exploring the stars was the capacity to transport materials. A heavy payload means building a heavier rocket, and that takes engineering prowess that mankind is still not comfortable with.
Besides, in most scenarios, scientists cannot really predict what would happen if you try to colonize a lifeless planet, such as Mars. No matter how prepared you come, there will always be some final detail to put a spanner in the works.
However, what if you could 3D print your spanner when you needed it? That is the appeal of 3D printing. If scientists send a 3D printer to Mars, for example, the machines can erect the initial settlements, allowing humans to come prepared to start colonizing the planet.
Of course, terraforming Mars is a bit of a myth as well, as it would require unique science that we are not presently in possession of, but still a tempting and promising prospect.
Fighting the Housing Crisis Back on Earth
Naturally, it doesn’t all boil down to off-world expeditions. We have real problems down here on Earth, and the rising costs of housing are among them. 3D printing could make this an easy effort.
With the median cost of housing at $200,000, having a 3D printer offer solutions as cheaply as $10,000 is a fantastic idea. There has been already an example by a company that printed home in just 24 hours at the aforementioned price tag.
Of course, disrupting the building industry could have other negatives, but then again, not having people work for their homes for decades is also tempting.
The Pure Entertainment Value of It
When we talk about entertainment today, we often think about video games or licensed online casinos. Casinos, for example, are great fun, and these days, you don’t even have to bother visiting a physical venue anymore. You can opt to play directly from home, making the experience more convenient.
3D printing has its applications in the entertainment industry as well. Unlike a casino, however, it offers it creates tangible products that are used for various purposes. Some people print out figurines for board games, for example.
Others make miniatures of the popular franchises they are fans of. But looking beyond these homespun uses of 3D printing, both music video editors and cinema can find viable uses for the technology that promises to completely change the world.
The Global Economy Will Probably Become More Local
One great upside of 3D printing is that it would be able to localize the economy a bit. Not by too much, perhaps, but just enough to help slash emissions, transport costs, and more. Localizing the global industry and manufacturing locally would help not so much boost jobs locally, but rather negate the impact of emissions in general.
While not necessarily boosting manufacturing jobs this could help countries like the United States, Europe, and even China rely more on internal manufacturing prowess and preserve their intellectual property, rather than outsourcing overseas.