3D Printing Is Impacting Manufacturing, Medicine and Design
3D printing Is Rapidly Becoming Hugely Important
The most recent issue of The Economist predicted that this “additive manufacturing” process would bring manufacturing from offshore back to the United States. The reason for this disruption: 3D printing permits rapid customization of products, and in those circumstances it is much more economically sound to have the manufacturing closer to the customer, thereby enabling a rapid response to customer preferences.
Medical Uses Of 3D Printing
As I described in an earlier post, a Belgian company and associated surgeons have replaced an elderly woman’s degenerating jawbone with a 3D printed, customized titanium replacement. Shortly after waking from surgery, she was able to speak a few words. A day after surgery, she was speaking and swallowing normally again.
How The Software Runs Creates 3D Objects From Photos Or Plans
The video embedded below demonstrates a software program (AutoCAD) turning photographs into a 3D printed object:
(Video from SmartPlanet.com)
Author: Jim Browning