Additive manufacturing 3d Printing
The rising patterns and high potential of the additive manufacturing technology is truly amazing. Additive manufacturing technologies reveals outstanding breakthroughs almost every month! Additive manufacturing also known as 3D printing refers to the process of creating real objects and crafts from 3D designs, blueprints or models. The process is of additive manufacturing includes the creation of continues layers of material (additive layer manufacturing) which are laid one by one and form printed object. Additive manufacturing materials vary from Plastic, Resin, Ceramic, Sandstone and wide range of Metals such as Gold, Silver, Brass and Stainless Steel is hot trend in the metal additive manufacturing niche, in recent months 3d printing industry renewed with new materials as food additive manufacturing (sugar & chocolate) and even 3d printing paper & wood.
Rapid additive manufacturing is probably one of the biggest advantages of 3d printing technology. The fact that anyone can 3d print any given 3d model into real craft in short time and relatively small effort turn this technology to be considered as revolutionary. Technology which was highly expensive for the average people few years ago is now affordable and accessible.
Additive manufacturing will clearly change the next years, the 3d printing trends and future opportunities seem endless. Two fantastic examples of additive manufacturing greatness are the additive manufacturing medical implants and 3D additive manufacturing in space.
Additive manufacturing medical implants
If you would have read these real medical success stories few years ago you would probably think it is part of science fiction book but 3d printing medical implants is now a fact! Medical implants and printable body parts are constantly pushing 3d additive manufacturing to new frontiers. On March 2014 the Medical first 3d printed skull was successfully implanted in 22 years old woman in the Netherlands. Customized 3d printing medical devices are in rapid increasing use by doctors worldwide. Recently the 3d printing technology is making a wonderful gesture in the field of prosthetic. Hand and arm prosthetic are now available in affordable cost for people who already gave up. The 3d additive manufacturing in medical and health industries is also helping to save wounded animals.
Additive manufacturing in Space
NASA is already building several crafts and space parts with 3D printing technology. During 2014 only, NASA launched several 3d printing related projects and plans. NASA is working on the world’s first 3d printing space cameras, these cameras should serve small satellites and are expected to pass several tests to make sure they are solid enough to survive aerospace challenges and conditions such as temperature, vibration and space travel. In addition several different 3d printers are already planned to operate in space and support astronauts in their missions and daily tasks.