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3D Technology


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In case you didn't already know, 3D technology stands for any technology which transcends three dimensions. It's not a new technology at all, but recent advancements have been gaining a great deal of attention from tech experts all over the world. This is because many of them believe that modern 3D technology will likely revolutionize our everyday lives. You've probably heard a thing or two recently about the new ways people all over the world are using 3D printing to their advantage. To give you a better idea about what this 3D technology encompasses and where it is headed, here's a look at the modern art of 3D printing and how it will revolutionize our daily lives.

What is 3D Printing?
Contrary to popular belief, 3D technology doesn't only apply to films and television. There's a new form of 3D technology which has been gaining a whole lot of interest from experts in a number of industries. This is because 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) really does have the potential to change our daily lives forever. From the fashion to the pharmaceutical industry, 3D printing is paving the way for new innovative products. Basically, 3D printing works by having a special printer print three dimensional objects from a digital file one layer at a time. The designs that are printed can either be scanned using a 3D scanner or drafted in a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file. All wide variety of companies are now using 3D printing technology to manufacture a variety of prototypes and products. The folks over at Lockheed Martin plan to use 3D printing to manufacture parts for spacecraft and satellites in a faster and more affordable manner1.

3D Printing and Fashion
3D printing has also been making an impact on the fashion industry and the way that clothing is manufactured. A recent design school graduate named Danit Peleg designed an entire fashion line created with an at-home 3D printer. She said in an interview with Mashable, “I wanted to challenge myself to print the entire collection using home 3D printers.”2 She hope that she can produce durable modern designs that are affordable and easy to access for women around the world.

3D Printing and Medicine
The medicinal industry is also taking advantage of 3D printing technology. Doctors and surgeons have used 3D printing to manufacture customized pelvis implants3, produce beating artificial heart cells4 and create scaffolds to cure type 1 diabetes5. The FDA also just recently approved the first ever 3D printed prescription drug named Spritam Levetiracetam6. The drug is intended to treat seizures in certain cases of epilepsy and is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2016. The manufacturer of the medication, Aprecia Pharmaceuticals, hopes that utilizing 3D printing technology to produce the pills can cut down on costs making them more affordable for patients. Now there are plenty of other pharmaceutical companies looking to develop their own medicine that can be printed. For example, a chemist from the University of Glasgow by the name of Lee Cronin recently described a new prototype 3D printer in a TED talk7. He says that the printer is being designed to allow users to easily print prescription drugs from the comfort of their own home. The printer uses certain blueprints for medications and a special type of chemical ink to print them. Cronin suggests that one day, medical groups and pharmacists will be selling blueprints, ink and apps as compared to traditional pills.

The future is upon us! As you can clearly see, 3D technology is here to stay. From pharmaceuticals to fashion and everything in between, 3D technology has the potential to impact a myriad of industries. This is why you can undoubtedly begin hearing and reading more about how companies and individuals are using this innovative technology to create items in a way that was once unimaginable. Also keep your eyes peeled for products hitting the store shelves that are made with 3D printing technology.

  1. “3D Printing Drives Manufacturing Innovation at Lockheed Martin.” Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin Corporation, 15 January 2015. Web. 13 Sept. 2015. https://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/news/features/2014/1-15-3dmanufacturing.html
  2. Wilbur, Hayley. “3D Printed Clothing Collection Took Student 2,000 Hours to Produce.” Mashable. Mashable, 29 Jul. 2015. Web. 13 Sept. 2015. https://mashable.com/2015/07/29/3d-printed-clothing-line/#HpPLY9pMGSkc
  3. Young, Joseph. “Korean Doctors Successfully Implant 3D Printed Pelvis.” 3DPrinting.com, 25 Jul. 2015. Web. 13 Sept. 2015. https://3dprinting.com/news/korean-doctors-successfully-implant-3d-printed-pelvis/
  4. Young, Joseph. “The World's First 3D Printed Beating Artificial Heart Cells.” 3DPrinting.com, 18 Apr. 2015. Web. 13 Sept. 2015. https://3dprinting.com/medical/the-worlds-first-3d-printed-beating-artificial-heart-cells/
  5. Young, Joseph. “Researchers Develop 3D Printed Scaffolds to Cure Type 1 Diabetes.” 3DPrinting.com, 30 May 2015. Web. 13 Sept. 2015. https://3dprinting.com/medical/researchers-develop-3d-printed-scaffolds-to-cure-type-1-diabetes/
  6. King, Hope. “First 3D Printed Drug Approved By FDA.” CNN Money (New York). Time Warner, 4 Aug. 2015. Web. 13 Sept. 2015. https://money.cnn.com/2015/08/04/technology/fda-3d-printed-drug-epilepsy/
  7. Cronin, Lee. (2012, June). Lee Cronin: Print Your Own Medicine. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/lee_cronin_print_your_own_medicine?language=en


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