The Pitfalls of 3D Printing

Many sources – from the National Press downwards – are keen to voice the opportunities available with 3D printing; from food to fashion, toys to bespoke medical applications, it seems that almost everything is achievable. Suddenly, we are told, we are on the cusp of being able to conjure up almost anything we desire, and at a low cost too. But are 3D printers really that flexible? Are we heading towards a world where we have machines that generate our needs so quickly and with such flexibility that it appears to have been created out of thin air? While computing speeds and machine systems may be available one day, they are currently not, and while the popular press may try to tell you otherwise, 3D printing isn’t the wonder process that they try and paint it. Continue reading The Pitfalls of 3D Printing

3D Printing in 2015 – What to Expect?

With 2015 at our doorstep, let’s take a minute to take a broad look at the 3d printing industry. The industry has had a volatile year with breakthroughs, setbacks and doubts. Many of us expected that early adopters would have bought a 3d printer, but it seems there are still some obstacles to overcome before additive manufacturing becomes a common in-house possibility. Just like the mobile phone needed a few decades to shrink to a size that consumers started buying, the 3d printer is evolving this very decade. What does the consumer expect from the machine, and does it really offer substantial value? Continue reading 3D Printing in 2015 – What to Expect?

Top Fun Uses for 3D Printers

When 3D printing first became a viable process back in 1984 with the so called stereo lithography, the most obvious use was within Engineering companies as a means of creating a physical, albeit delicate, representation of a new part of product. The materials used weren’t sturdy enough to create anything other than a curiosity that was in danger of crumbling if not treated with caution. It gave technologists and designers something that could be held and compared against other parts, but weren’t much of an advantage over the advancing 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs of the time that were becoming increasingly advanced. Continue reading Top Fun Uses for 3D Printers

Scientists to 3D Print a Human Heart

Only recently I wrote about how 3d printing is going to change the medical sector. We’re already familiar with organs such as a liver, ear, skull or even a windpipe being 3d printed. Now, another huge breakthrough is about to take place: the 3d printing of a human heart. Last March, scientist have successfully printed tiny two-ventrical cylinders at the University of Louisville, Kentucky USA. Is this the first step towards an alternative for organ donation? Continue reading Scientists to 3D Print a Human Heart

3D Printing Organs Revolutionizes Healthcare

Since the invention of the 3d printer in 1984, its disruption to the manufacturing process became inevitable as more companies started to come up with their own 3d printers.  For years the design has been improved. Now, many sectors are bearing its fruits, such as in industrial designs, consumer applications and even the automotive industry. However, the greatest benefits mankind might be receiving from 3d printing is when scientists and engineers started thinking: “what if we extend the potentials being offered by 3d printers to medical innovations? Like 3d printing organs?” Continue reading 3D Printing Organs Revolutionizes Healthcare