Some fifty to seventy-five years from now, 3D printing will have transformed the world as we know it today. While the technology is currently still considered in its “early stages,” with several leaps and bounds being made each year, there is currently a limit to what 3D printers can do and print. It is easy to take 3D drafting documents and convert them for printing on a 3D printer with the right material loaded to create a model of a building or house, or use 3D printers in additive manufacturing processes to print certain parts and components.
Theoretically, there is so much more 3D printers are capable of printing, with the right materials and advances in technology. As improvements are made in 3D printing technology and new materials are made printable, it is going to have a drastic impact on our lives, as well as those of our children and grandchildren.
Manufacturers in a wide array of industries will be able to 3D print parts, components, clothing, and finished goods. As a result, there will be no need to have manufacturing facilities located overseas. In addition, consumers will have the option to purchase various products online and have them instantly printed on their at-home 3D printer. It is worth noting, this is already starting to occur with some consumer goods, like smartphone cases.
The housing industry will change as 3D printers are going to be used to print the homes of the future. In fact, building designers and construction firms in Holland and China are already using 3D technologies to build homes.
Due to the size limitations of 3D printers, various sections of the home are printed, and then assembled. As printers become larger, and the technology improves, it is conceivable entire walls and internal structures, like cabinets and countertops, could be printed in the future.
Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Industries
In the future, people will live longer lives, and it will not be uncommon for people to have life expectancies over a hundred years of age. Organs, like hearts, kidneys, and lungs, as well as skin tissue, bone, and limbs, will be able to be printed and used as replacements. Obtaining medicines and medical devices will be as simple as ordering them from your local pharmacy, where they will be printed on-demand.
Automotive company designers are already developing and working on 3D printed concept vehicles of the future. While these vehicles might not still be able to fly, they are going to incorporate several eco-friendly solutions, like solar panels, rechargeable batteries, and electric motors.
Airbus, Boeing, and GE have already started developing and implementing 3D printed parts, components, and engines into current and future airplanes. NASA and other space technology firms are exploring the potential of using 3D printers in space to print replacement parts for the International Space Station, as well as entire satellites, land rovers, and a space station on the moon.
It is certainly going to be exciting and interesting to see just how far 3D printing technologies are going to advance in the future. In the meantime, for professional assistance with current 3D drafting and CAD technologies, as well as traditional drawings and documents, call Q-Cad at 800-700-3305 now.