3d Printing and 3d Printers are the Wave of the Future

3D printing and 3d printers are a reality and a point of no return not only for the design industry but for absolutely everything that is related and benefited from design creations. As many well established brand felt either bothered or shrugged about the “competition” that 3D printing machines set on the market, it is much more a reason to celebrate than to fear or feel concerned, even when it comes to the creation of fire weapons. 
The big deal about 3D printing is the open source nature of this project which allows people everywhere in the world to be able to provide for itself the creation of lots of new things that would before need the copyright of companies or, simply, the dependence of market offers and availability. Even though this is a kind of revolution that is only starting, predictions are pointing, for example, the complete creation of a car using 3D printing machines within 20 years from now on, something that is stirring up the automotive industry with the possibility of the autonomous creation of cars as well as how much regulations on transport would have to adapt and change to make this reality happen. 


Probably one of the most noble and revolutionary uses of the 3D printing relies on the creation of medical prosthetics. Noses, ears, even bones can be printed with top notch features that mimic perfectly the original parts of the body. However is even more revolutionary the prices each of these prosthetics would have to be replaced, around 150 dollars while conventional ones might cost over one thousand dollars. 


The fashion industry will probably make a good use of the 3D printing machines, specially green brands and maisons. Nike already debuted a football cleat and their competitor, New Balance, is developing customized shoes for their clients, scanning their feets and printing exclusive shoes on nylon polymer with 3D printers. Now imagine a watershed this will be for haute couture. Victoria Secrets already scan their models to print quite specific and unique sets of wings for each models. Iris van Herpen debuted a a whole collection of 3D printed shoes at the Paris Fashion Week in 2013. The possibilities are just starting to be explored and might reduce costs as well as to recycle many plastic in the world.


Visual arts will also see new grounds of creation with 3D printing. Last year, photographer Yuki Suzuki created a 3D recipe for printing lenses. Instead of using glass, he adopted acrylic. Despite Suzuki is still trying and experimenting, he has a Tumblr account where he often posts pictures made with using the lenses, as well as he already developed many different kinds of lenses with unique shapes and the results are of course, art. Either the objective of the lenses are to mimic glass ones or be simply original new types of lenses, the results are always new concepts and photography might see flourish many new artistic approaches.


Desserts, chocolates, cookies, many industrial kinds of foods can be set in a serial process but printing unique formulas. Imagine you want a chocolate shaped as a flower, with the right amount of calories for your diet, with no gluten or anything you are allergic or not fond of. The Cornell University already developed a project where 3D printers can set to do this kind of unique job, which would make food industry for sure please both Greeks and Trojans. Most importantly, the possibility to develop healthy formulas at ease with these machines would also make the industry provide more options with low costs. And what about the shape? The MIT Media Lab already developed a 3D machine that is able to print, for example, your own face on a chocolate bar.


As we mentioned in the beginning of the article, it will be possible to print a whole car in the near future. For today, however, you can already print lots of parts and pieces of cars, something that is really handy for example for the Army and professionals who work on field and risky places. While your car is broken in the middle of nowhere because the radiator is broken, you could print a new one with a heat-resistant material and move one instead of waiting for someone to help or take a ride to the closest garage.


For last, but not least, of course the decoration industry would benefit very much from the 3D printing. Despite it being another concept of serial creation and a new move far from handicraft and artisan work, the creations with 3D printers allow designers to try and test much more, which will provide more freedom to create as well it is also a next step on digital design. A whole set of furniture also could be printed and people could even have the opportunity to furnish their houses instead of buying. Surely this is a new challenge for creativeness on industry since brands will have to excel themselves developing new and appealing concepts, though for people with low incomes or even students with a short budget can benefit from this kind of possibility.