The population of the world has been increasing exponentially. Although agricultural production has also been revolutionized, many believe that our production does not meet the current population’s requirements. If the population keeps increasing at this rate, then food production techniques will need to be radicalized to keep up with the high demand. There are some new ideas that are emerging that will ensure that no one goes hungry.
The answer may lie in three-dimensional printers, better known as 3D Printers. They can print almost anything, jewelry, toys, decorations, etc. Some carbon fiber printers can even create miniature automobiles with vivid detail.
Some recent developments in this technology have seen printers actually produce food materials. Many believe this holds the answers to the world’s food problems. Foods can be printed with better nutritional values and even give areas which have no access to fresh foods, enough food to eat.
Read this informative blog post to find out about the benefits of 3D printing, its limitations and the upcoming 3D printing trends in the future.
3D printing refers to an additive material deposition process that is used to develop solid objects (3D) from a digital design file. Before an object can be used for 3D printing, a virtual design of the object has to be created by using the CAD software. Next, a digital file is developed from the CAD design and used for 3D printing. Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Fused Deposition Modeling and Stereolithography are the three most popular methods of 3D printing
Benefits of 3D printing
- 3D printing is excellent for rapid prototyping
- 3D printing is more cost-effective that the traditionally manufactured parts in terms of the cost and time required to produce parts
- 3D printing can produce objects from a different range of materials
- With 3D printing, wastage of material can be avoided. The complications associated with machining, filing, grinding and milling can also be eliminated
- Since 3D printing is suited for rapid prototyping, it leads to a short product development cycle and faster time to market
Types of 3D printing
Today 3D printing is growing at a fast pace, the two major types being industrial printing and personal printing
- Industrial 3D printing: Concept cards, shoes, parts for fighter jets, prosthetics, jewellery, statues, dental crowns and bridges to name a few
- Personal 3D printing: Musical instruments, medical models, model replicas, fabrics, guns, coffee cups, phone cases, toys and handbags amongst others