Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of 3D printing. It’s one of the hottest trends in the tech industry — and for a good reason. Both hobbyists and manufacturers have been using 3D printing to create all sorts of amazing things for education, art, entertainment, medical needs and more. There is no doubt that 3D printed materials will shape the future of the world. And at the rate it’s going, you shouldn’t be surprised to see more of these materials in your everyday surroundings in the coming years.
1) Get replacement parts anytime
One of the most evident benefits of 3D printing is the ability to create replacement parts anytime you need them. In the future, you may not even have to go to your local hardware store to get the replacement part you need. All it takes is to fire up a used 3d printer and print the part you need. It’s even possible to do bulk printing. You can find plenty of 3D printing websites that offer blueprints for replacement parts for everyday objects.
2) Enjoy cheaper home construction
It seems that home prices always go up, making it more difficult than ever to buy a new home. Thankfully, 3D printing offers a viable solution. This technology allows for eco-friendlier home construction. Since the different materials needed for home construction can now be 3D printed, you can imagine how much cost savings you can enjoy. At the same time, you can reduce your carbon footprint significantly because this process produces zero waste.
3) Get cheaper prosthetics
In the medical world, 3D printers are often used to create affordable prosthetics. For instance, soldiers who have lost their limbs in war have already benefited from 3D printed prosthetics. Some companies now offer them at very attractive prices, usually below $100. This is one of the most exciting applications of 3D printing since it can transform the lives of people with physical disabilities.
4) Reduce plastic waste
As you already know, plastics are bad for the environment. Due to their nonbiodegradable nature, plastics do not deteriorate for hundreds of years. They have even been shown to cause death to thousands of animals per year. What’s great is that there is a new way to recycle plastic. Plastic materials can be turned into the filaments used in 3D printing. A new study also shows that this process uses significantly less energy compared to the traditional ways of plastic recycling, which means even more benefits for the environment.
5) Reprint organs
This one might raise some eyebrows, but experts have been using 3D printers to reprint human organs. Make no mistake, however, because this technology is still in its early stages. Still, it goes to show how much 3D printing can transform the world. The ability to reprint human organs could mean that patients who need organ transplants no longer have to wait for a long time to find a perfect match. Doctors can simply take certain cells from the patient’s body and use advanced technology to print the necessary organ.