The printing business has been around for years and we have witnessed its growth and innovation throughout its evolution. From inkjet printers and laser printers, the prices range from brand to brand and dedicated specifications. Dramatic changes and enhancements especially in size, speed and quality are the main features which become better with each new model available in the market. Although the consumables remain a bit over priced – especially for the laser models – printers are still a must have asset for every company/industry.
As all technology improves and evolves, so do printers. As of 2016, a new printing technology has come to light – 3D printing. This new technology is revolutionary for any manufacturing business. It still needs more room to grow but it’s slowly making its way into the mainstream.
There are no limitations as to what companies should or can use a 3D printer, meaning companies will boom in record time with this new invention.
Since this invention is still relatively new its pricing is considered high – so were the first printers introduced; now any printer ranges from $50-$200 – with time and evolution of this new trend prices will drop.
What can it print? The possibilities are endless. Imagine being able to print spare parts for your car – yes, it is already happening.
For the time being, this is what type of industries can use a 3D printer:
- Medical Industries
- Geographic Information Systems
- Civil Engineering
According to the Economist, “Three-dimensional printing makes it as cheap to create single items as it is to produce thousands and thus undermines economies of scale. It may have as profound an impact on the world as the coming of the factory did... Just as nobody could have predicted the impact of the steam engine in 1750 — or the printing press in 1450, or the transistor in 1950 — it is impossible to foresee the long-term impact of 3D printing. But the technology is coming, and it is likely to disrupt every field it touches.”
In conclusion, creativity has a strong potential to increase rapidly with the 3D printing trend. New jobs will be introduced, industries will grow and investors will profit. With all said above, keep this invention in mind as it will become the largest trend in the near future.