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6 Ways 3D Printing Technology Has Changed Our Lives

3D Printing Technology

3D printing technology started to gain popularity a few years back, but it has revolutionized several industries.

Here are some ways that 3D printing has contributed to the modernization of job sectors globally.

Redefined the Dental Industry

The digital smile design process used for Cosmetic Dentistry Mascot became much more efficient with the aid of 3D printing technology.

Clients can see how their smile could look like after the cosmetic dentistry procedure.

A personalised 3D model can provide a customer service experience that would be difficult to replicate with a typical 3D drawing.

A printed model would also be more straightforward for clients to understand than verbal explanations of what they can expect with the cosmetic dental procedure.

Household Repair Works

You are no more running to the hardware stores every time you need something in your house fixed. 3D printing repairs make it possible for you to repair broken dinnerware, instantly get a screw that you need to replace a missing one, and much more.

This also applies to parts that may be hard to find in typical hardware stores. While 3D repair is much less dramatic than making an entire life-sized car model or a house, there’s no doubt that it is much more user-friendly for beginners and a lot easier to complete tasks.

One only needs to have the right type of ink and a 3D model to print the part they need.

Affordable Personalised Prosthetics

Prosthetics are not the cheapest replacements to get. With 3D printing, prosthetics are now faster to make. They come in many varieties as well, in terms of colors or styles and extent of functionality.

It would also be much lighter than conventional prosthetics since the materials weigh less and can be geometrically optimised.

A prime example of how 3D printed prosthetics are being utilised is shown by Mark Ebeling, the CEO of Not Impossible Labs.

He set up a hospital in Sudan equipped with a 3D printer to produce affordable, customizable prosthetics for affected individuals in the war-torn area.

Environmentally-friendly Plastic Recycling

Some 3D printer models, such as  Ekocycle Cube, a 3D printer produced by 3D Systems, accept only special recycled plastic as its printing material.

The energy used to turn your used plastic containers into spools is much less than what you would need in conventional plastic recycling, making 3D printing more environmentally friendly.

With a 3D printer like this one, you can recycle while creating a new product just the way you want it. It cannot get more environmentally-friendly than this when it comes to plastic.

Reprinting Tissues & Organs

The beauty of 3D printers is that anything can be used as its ‘ink.’ This technology is in its early stages, but it has already allowed hospitals to reprint tissues and organs from the patient’s body.

This means that anyone looking for an organ transplant may not have to stay on a waitlist for months or years when this technology has been better researched and developed.

Since the new tissues or organs will be reprinted from the patients’ original cells, there would also be lower risks of adverse reactions post-transplantation.

Accelerating Space Programs

Astronauts and space station teams can now manufacture components and products they need without waiting for resupply missions while they are exploring space.

With sufficient ink and suitable 3D printers, they can produce anything they so wish with greater efficiency and lower costs.

The ability to reprint parts while they are out in space also means that they can explore much further than before. Who knows what this out-of-this-world technology could bring us in terms of researches and new findings next?

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