Had you heard of 3D printing 5 years ago? What about 10? You might be surprised it exists for over 30 years!

It’s only the last few years that the mainstream media has caught up with the topic, and along with it more and more industries. 3D printing is also one of the few exponential technologies that has started entering the consumer’s home. With costs continuing to decrease and the quality and speed of output going up, we are only just taking off.

Elevator Pitch

Simply said: 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is the digitization of manufacturing.

It’s a process to create real-life products from a virtual model. Based on a 3D computer model a printer creates three-dimensional objects by depositing materials layer-by-layer. The technology’s disruptive nature lies in the fact that anyone can print anything, anywhere.

The speed of 3D printing has increased 150x since its inception and already allows for over 50 materials to be printed – anything going from plastics to metal and even human skin!

While construction and manufacturing are industries most often associated with 3D printing, its impact is seen in everything from healthcare and fashion to transportation.

🤯 People are now printing clothing, houses, medicine, human organs and edible food.

Key Benefits

  • Increased speed to market

  • Design freedom & personalization

  • Cost reduction

  • Environmentally friendly

How 3D printing is disrupting industries

The industry has advanced quite a bit since Chuck Hall printed the first little black eye wash cup in 1983. Let’s have a look at how additive manufacturing has moved beyond prototyping and is bringing a revolution in some of the world’s largest industries.

  • Healthcare

  • Real estate & Construction

  • Food

  • Automotive

  • Aerospace

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  • 3D printer

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