Speed seems to be a word that is increasingly important in today’s world. Technology and retail industries try to keep up the need for speed, with new invention such as drones. However, another invention might just change our routine in the coming years: 3D printers.
These tools can take the concept of manufacturing products to another level. After all, everything will soon be within our reach much faster than delivery services or carrier can get it to us. But what is the future of this technology?
How does the 3D printer work?
The 3D printer has been known in the manufacturing industry since the 1980s. It prints three-dimensional objects through a design or file created with computer software, building it one layer at a time. A few years ago, the machine was large, heavy, and expensive, and was specifically used in industrial prototyping projects. Today, in addition to a diverse array of models, 3D printers are much more compact, lighter, and are available for a lower price.
The device also has the ability to replicate a variety of things, such as human organs and decorative objects. It can even be used in civil construction and food production processes.
Will 3D printers soon be more accessible?
Given its evolution over the years, the 3D printer may already be considered more affordable. We can see models that cost around $400 already on the market. However, more advanced printers cost much more, often thousands of dollars. In addition, most models still have some limitations. Many of them can only print specific types of materials, or in a few color scales. So whether it’s worth it (or not) to buy one depends on every case or need.
Will all houses in the future have a 3D printer?
According to a 2016 report by Wohlers Associates – a technical consulting firm – in 2015, manufacturers sold around 278,000 desktop 3D printers, costing less than $5,000. Although this is an interesting number of sales, it still seems that having this kind of machine in every home will take time. It will depend on factors like price and technological advances in the sector.
Experts in the field believe that making 3D printers affordable, advantageous, and reliable will take a few decades. In order for this to become a reality, it is still necessary to invest in new solutions, as has been done with other technologies of the past that are now part of our daily lives.
Will it be worth having this machine at home?
We all wonder if having a 3D printer would really be worth it. After all, would it be better to have a home-made item or buy it ready-made? Many people might be interested in having custom objects. In this case, having a 3D printer at home would allow them to have tailor-made items, in various shapes and special colors.
So far, the future of 3D printers remains uncertain. However, if they do become part of our daily life, we will have the advantage of automating various tasks. Soon, there will be more time to enjoy moments of leisure and rest. Thus, new levels of efficiency will be created, and most likely, we will be able to have a better quality of life. After all, imagine how comfortable it would be to be able to produce everything at home.