Over the past few years I have read a lot online and heard about these things called “3D printers” and how great they are. I have heard numerous people talk about the amazing things that can be created with these printers, such as a basic everyday objects, food, and even a car… For the past couple of years I could not wrap my head around how a printer can create not only a car, but a car that can operate.
What I Found:
After conducting a great amount of research on 3D printers I have been able to see just how cool these things really are. If you have the right material necessary for the object you desire and a 3D digital file of that object, you are just one click away from creating whatever you wish. For example, if I wanted to make a phone case I would use a 3D scanner to examine the object I want (or download a 3D file of that object online), insert a printing material into it, and watch it go. It’s that easy, right? Not necessarily. Many believe that a 3D printer will make an entire object with no assembly requirements, but this is not true.
The 3D printer can make the parts but not put them together, depending on the size and complexity of the object you are creating. You are able to assemble parts the printer produces, but any screws or bolts have to be bought separately. 3D printers are also very pricey (as expected) ranging anywhere from $1,000 – $2,000 and can go upwards of $50,000 for larger ones, although those prices are beginning to drop.
We could certainly see these becoming more popular as they come more affordable. Businesses have the possibilities of having high turnovers because of easy accessibility, control over inventory, and allowing customers to get customization out of a company’s products. But at the same time it could eventually hurt our economy with the licensing disputes. People could be looking to create certain products with their printer rather than buying them. We could also see this be useful in the health care industry where they will be able to create custom-fitted bone substitutes as needed and even human organs.
Also, here is that 3D printed car.
Do you think 3D printers will benefit our country/world?