3D – Printing What, How and Why?

Recently came the news that China built a 3D printed villa in less than 3 hours. Whoa!

Chinese Villa and 3D printed? How can someone print a villa? As far as we have seen villas are made by brick and mortar and not printed by a printer. (Read Also: Chinese company built 3D printed villa in less than 3 hours)

Welcome to the world of 3D technology. Till now people have enjoyed 3D movies and if they will get a chance to live in a 3D house that will be something amazing.

3D printing is a process by which we can make three dimensional solid objects for daily use. And instead of paper we use additive process. In additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of the material until the entire object is created. First a virtual design is created in a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file using a 3D modelling program. Then this CAD file is uploaded in the 3D printer and successive layers of the object are created.

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Every 3D printer use different technology and the most common are:

1. Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

2. Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM).

This type of technology is most common to graphic designers, but may be a bit challenging for average consumers.

The worldwide 3D printing industry was $3.07 Billion in revenue in 2013 and expected to grow to $12.8 Billion by 2018 in revenue.

It is predicted that 3D printing will change the nature of commerce, because rather than engaging in trade end users will be able to do much of their own manufacturing to buy products from other people and corporations. The cost of 3D printing is expected to fall within the means of most businesses as well as consumers.

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3D printing is the future and with the rapid growth in technology soon people will be printing objects at their home. And what if we can combine the technology of 3D with Artificial intelligence?

Give it a thought!!


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