Seven Great and Weird Uses of 3D Printing

3D-printingAs the 3D printing continually develops and evolves, so does its uses. From just churning out plastic replicas or models of figures, it can now do many things. Different industries are taking advantage of 3D printers and integrating them into business and manufacturing processes.
Here is a list of the incredible yet weird uses of these 3D printers:

1.    Missing appliance parts. Many electricians have left many homes after a trial fixing saying they need to get the missing parts of an appliance. This is a common problem that many homeowners encounter especially with broken home appliances. Many of the manufacturers do provide manuals online, so publishing files for spare parts will only be a small stretch. This can be useful for tradesmen to print out the necessary parts in-demand, instead of waiting for a few hours.
2.    Fixing Bones. The 3D printers allow great customization when it comes to printing various things. One of its biggest uses has been in the medical field and in fixing bones. Just this year, a pelvis was printed out for a patient who lost half of his real pelvis to cancer. The 3D printed titanium pelvis was coated with a mineral that allowed the remaining to grow. The patient can now walk with a walking stick.
3.    Printing clothes. High fashion is utilizing 3D printers in coming up with complex and fashion forward designs. This also helps in making clothes that fit perfectly to the model. It’s also a cheaper alternative compared to using the traditional sewing. The technology will soon be used in creating the perfect-fitting clothes for every consumer.
4.    Food for the elderly.Dysphagia is among the many concerns of the elderly. This condition is also one of the causes of malnutrition because they lose their love for food. Soft and liquid meals are what they’re because these are easier to digest.With 3D printing, food can be printed to make it look and taste like real food instead of puree. These also melt in the mouth while meeting the nutritional needs of the patients.
5.    For wars. Aside from the printed plastic gun, the military is now looking at ways to use 3D printers in operations. The British defense company, BAE, has successfully flown a Tornado jet that used 3D printed parts. The parts of the landing gear and the cover of the radio cockpit have been created using a 3D printer. This has made the process quicker and cheaper saving the company thousands.
6.    Heart transplant.Studies are ongoing with using the 3D printer in creating human organs. The benefits of effectively doing so are numerous as it can help in saving lives and make medical care affordable in developing countries. This also ensures that the organs are custom-made for the patient. However, the ethical debate for this sophistication still increases.
7.    Drones.3D printing technology can create objects without needing any screws. This makes the output lighter. Because of this, 3D printing is suitable for building drones. Southampton University researchers made a drone with only a two-meter wingspan that can fly 90 miles per hour. It’s also quick to assemble.

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