The Amazing Possibilities of 3D Printing

There’s a good chance that, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so, you’ve heard of 3D printing. 3D printing is thought to be the best new invention to rock the technology world and the world in general since the Internet itself.

And, while 3D printers aren’t widely available just yet, there’s a good chance that they will be in the near future…and that when they do become widely available, they’ll change the world. Until that happens, you can just sit back and reflect on the amazing things that 3D printers are capable of!

Guns

While there’s a lot of debate over guns and gun control laws in the United States, the fact remains that 3D printers have been proven to produce working guns. While, so far, most of the guns have only been useful for a short time and have broken quite easily, the kinks are being worked out slowly but surely. In fact, a company called Defense Distributed now offers a downloadable program that allows anyone with a 3D printer to create a working gun in mere minutes.

Organs

Regardless of the varying opinions on guns, there’s something just about everyone can agree on, and that’s the fact that being able to print human organs is pretty amazing. And, unbelievably, it’s also becoming pretty possible thanks to 3D printing technology!

With a medical 3D printer, technology is now being worked out that can take a patient’s own cells and use them to create new organs. If all goes according to plan, there’s a good chance that the donor list will be a thing of the past and that people will be able to have new organs created practically on demand- talk about something that could really change the world and impact human life for the better!

Aerospace Engineering

The field of aerospace engineering has always been an advanced and complex one, but now it’s getting even more so due to the fact that this industry is one of the few that is already actively using 3D printing technology. Uses in aerospace engineering are plentiful and include applications for prototyping, part manufacturing, tooling, thermoplastics, and aircraft part production.

Musical Instruments

We’ve already talked about how 3D printing can be used to make organs of the human variety, so it makes sense that it can also be used to make organs of the musical variety. In fact, while not quite an “organ,” 3D guitars have already been printed thanks to an invention by Scott Summi, and yes, they’re playable too!

Right now, 3D printing might seem like something out of a science fiction movie, but researchers are speculating that one day soon, we’ll all be wondering how we ever lived without 3D printers, and if these potential (and, in some cases, already realized) applications are any indication, we can see why!

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