Charles Hull, the co-founder of 3D Systems, invents stereolithography, a printing process that enables a tangible 3D object to be created from digital data. The technology is used to create a 3D model from a picture and allows users to test a design before investing in a larger manufacturing program.
The term 3D printing covers the process that offers a full spectrum of capabilities for the production of parts and products in different materials. The production is carried out in a layer by layer additive process.
Applications of 3D printing:
Although there are wide ranging applications for the use of 3D printing, the most significant impact is in Healthcare and medical industry,
According to Industry ARC, the overall market for medical 3-D printing is expected to grow to $1.21 billion by 2020 from about $660 million in 2016.
Using a 3D printing one can create an ergonomic and accurate medical prosthetic device or medical tool or we can use 3D printing for educational material or prepare for surgery.
3D printing can help to design and develop medical devices in economically challenged countries wherein the medical resource is the biggest obstacle. Using 3D printing technology, we can develop affordable, accessible and relatively simple to use technologies. 3 D technologies show a full personalization of the devices and lowering the cost of these devices by applying 3D printing technology.
The future of 3D Printing is bright and in future, there will be an extension of old and development of new applications.