3D printing and its applications
Aerospace and Defense Industry:
Medical & Dental Industry
The fastest-growing adopters of 3D Printing is the medical and dental industry. The professionals in this field believe that this technology will continue to innovate and transform the face of dentistry. The applications of additive manufacturing for the medical industry are versatile and wide-ranging- from medical devices to prosthetics and even bioprinting!
The benefit of 3D printing in the Medical and Dental Industry is that it can provide personalised patient care, cost effectively. One can create customised and complex designs of medical devices. Medical device manufacturers can produce faster and efficiently with the help of 3D printing technology. The medical industry can leverage the capabilities of 3D printing to create patient-specific devices. For example, devices such as prosthetics and implants can be produced faster and more affordably than with traditional manufacturing methods.
Clear aligners & digital dentistry:
3D Printed clear aligner moulds are used to produce the majority of these aligners. The key reason for using 3D printing in manufacturing clear aligners is the ability to customise them cost-effectively, since clear aligners are inherently individualised products.
By combining intraoral scanning and 3D printing, dental labs can create dental products like crowns, bridges and bite splints that perfectly match a patient’s anatomy. Surgical tools and guides can be produced faster at lower-costs using this technology.
Implants & Prosthetics
Certified biocompatible plastic or metal (e.g. titanium) materials is used to create custom prosthetics and orthopaedic devices using the 3D Printing technology.
When it comes to implants, 3D printing is currently being used to create hip and knee joint replacements, cranial reconstruction implants and spinal implants.
In one example, a mountaineer needing a hip replacement, received Lima Corporate’s hip implant featuring a 3D-printed acetabular cup. Thanks to 3D printing, it was possible to produce a cup that mimics the porous structure of natural bone, improving osseointegration, a process which allows an implant to become a permanent part of the body.
Ultimately, the patient was able to walk and climb again just after two and a half months after the implantation.
Electronic devices, toys, sports equipment, etc. can be manufactured by using 3D printing technology. To keep up with the evolving consumer demands and the dynamic nature of industrial trends, this technology has proven beneficial. Retailers and manufacturers can have an edge over the competitors’ business by using the innovative tools and techniques of 3D Printing and providing customisation options to their customers..
Fashion & Accessories:
In a more day-to-day application, 3D printing in fashion is used to create accessories, build prototypes and manufacturing tools, boost sustainability and expand customisation options.
3D printing is now used to create the patterns for investment casting and to print jewellery directly. Instead of metal printers, jewellers use wax here, that is, the piece of jewellery is printed or sculpted out of wax. With the help of Computer Aided Designing (CAD), manufacturers are able to 3D print moulds and master patterns for jewellery, which are then cast in precious metal to create intricate masterpieces of art.
One of the most profound ways in which 3D printing has impacted the jewellery sector is as a method for prototyping and tooling. 3D printing is used to create the primary model or a direct wax pattern from which to achieve a rubber or silicone mould. These applications have seen huge developments in many areas of the jewellery sector, eliminating some of the most time-consuming steps of the traditional process.
3D printing can be highly beneficial to this changing industry, since the technology enables jewellers, manufacturers, and designers to test with patterns, colours, and designs, which, in the past, was a more time-consuming process.
Yes, the printed food is absolutely consumable.
Allows food customization according to the choice, as the 3D printer can help determine the exact quantity of vitamins, carbohydrates, and fatty acids as per the input and assess the correct percentage of nutrients for a particular age.
3D printing saves both time and energy when it comes to experimenting with different types of food dishes. It also helps in achieving perfection with less effort and less time.
The use of the food printing technique enforces innovation and creativity. Users can create dishes in entirely new ways by customizing ingredients. In addition, users of 3D printing can modify composition or amalgamate two products to produce an innovative dish.
Food reproducibility is possible using 3D
printing. Using the same set of ingredients to produce a similar dish again
eventually drives the minimization of food waste.
Want to upscale your bakery business? 3D Printing is the way to go.