As its title suggests, this article will be looking at some of the most common applications of 3D printers. In other words, how these modern devices are making our life easier by enabling us to do things that only two decades ago were within the realm of science fiction.
They Are Indispensible in Space
For those of you who might not know, there’s a place called the International Space Station, where astronauts do all sorts of stuff in outer space. Well, every once in a while, it so happens that even those well-trained men and women make mistakes and occasionally let a giant spanner, a screwdriver, or another instrument drift into space.
In the past, this would entail waiting for resupply of the lost equipment from Earth that would usually delay the progress of the mission by at least several months. Now, the lost instrument is just replicated by the 3D printer onboard the ISS, allowing work to continue on schedule.
3D Printers Are Designers’ Best Friends
Let’s say you are a product designer and you’ve just come up with a unique shape of a product, whose functionality and metrics you need to test before it is moved on to production.
This used to be an arduous task in the not so distant past, and quite time-consuming at that! Now, with the help of a powerful 3D printer, this becomes a no-brainer.
Does This Prototype Work?
Suppose you’ve got an idea of a prototype, but you want to test the full functionality of its parts before you propose it for production. This is called functional prototyping – yet another field where 3D printers are in ample use.
Final Words on 3D Printers
In addition to the applications of 3D printers discussed above, these smart and remarkably efficient devices help surgeons replicate hip and knee joints and other anatomic parts with astounding precision.