3D printing has a variety of industrial and commercial applications, aimed at improving our quality of life and making our lives easier in general. This article will focus on 3D printing in the construction, health care, and aeronautics industries.

Construction

The company Dura Vermeer, based in the Netherlands, had a concrete bench 3D printed. The Eindhoven University of Technology built a bridge using an enormous concrete printer. This bridge is fully functional today.

Heath Care

MIT engineers invented a 3D printed vaccine that provides multiple immunizations with a single injection. The team created micro-particles that can hold vaccine doses by designing a new 3D printing technique known as StampEd Assembly of Polymer Layers or SEAL.  The biocompatible polymer used to create these tiny particles can be engineered to biodegrade at fixed rates, making it possible to have their contents released into the body at different stages. This is why you can get several doses of a vaccine over time without having to go to the doctor’s office every time for re-immunization.

The SEAL project, which was actually financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is aimed at improving immunization rates for people who don’t have access to health services.

Another area that’s improved by 3D printers is prosthetics. Artificial limbs are being printed quite effectively using 3D.

Aeronautics

3D printing technology is advanced enough to create multiple intricate designs, which is a crucial development for specialized products used in the aeronautics industry, because it allows the most effective designs to be integrated.

This development also affects apparel and footwear. Adidas’ new sneakers are 3D printed to reduce weight and increase support.

The Future?

What is the future of 3D printing? We can’t tell, but it seems the greatest progress hasn’t even been made yet. We’ve yet to see!