where is 3d printing used

Where is 3d Printing used?

Over recent years, 3D printing has become much more versatile and cost-effective and can be applied in a huge variety of industries and for many different uses. So where is 3d printing used? We’ve put together a list of a few popular applications.

Prototyping

3D printing is being used to develop quick and cost-effective functional prototypes for businesses that are developing new products.

Traditionally a process such as injection moulding would have been used to create a prototype. It would have taken the company weeks and cost a lot of money. However, thanks to the introduction and adoption of 3d printing techniques this cost and time have been slashed to a fraction of what it used to be. Accurate and functional prototypes can now be completed in hours and not weeks and for a fraction of the cost.

Here at 3D Folkes, we can offer a 2-day turnaround on rapid prototyping projects which means your project can be up and running in no time at all.

Construction

3D printing in construction is becoming much more common thanks to its accuracy, low labour costs, quick turnaround, and little wastage. Not only can detailed and accurate scale models be constructed, but also more recently a Russian company called Apis Cor printed an entire house in less than 24 hours!

Thanks to a range of materials and processes 3d printing in construction is becoming increasingly more common, in the past, it has been used for pedestrian bridges, walls, roofs, and much more with its uses expanding by the day.

3d printing encourages innovative designs for a fraction of the cost and time and is being adopted far more greatly within this industry and it’s expected to continue to grow.

Medical

3d printing for medical uses is also becoming more widely used. Just a few years ago, here at 3D Folkes, we undertook our first 3d printed prosthetics project and it was a great success. These prosthetics can be designed and created for a significantly lower cost and at a much quicker turnaround, meaning more people in need will have access to 3d printed prosthetics.

More recently, just after the pandemic hit, we ceased all commercial printing to produce parts for medical facemasks and visors and it’s these applications that are making a real difference to the world we live in.

The applications for medical projects are becoming more and more common and it’s great to see the real difference this is having on people’s lives.

It’s clear to see the real-world applications for 3d printing and how much these applications are evolving. Thanks to the little waste, lower costs and speed 3d printing is likely to be adopted by more and more industries very shortly.