3D printing is one of the most exciting new technologies of the last few years. As people become more familiar with the technology and its uses, multiple industries are starting to integrate it into common usage. Terms like 3D cad drafting technician and 3D printed biological modeling are going to become much more common in the next few years, and with them is going to come a host of new jobs revolving around 3D printer technology.
What will these 3D printing jobs of the future be? Some of the most likely will be:
- 3D designers – in order to work, 3D printing requires people who are able to translate ideas and designs into workable, printable models. Those who currently have skills designing printouts for 3D printers will soon find themselves in high demand, both as staff members and as freelancers.
- 3D CAD modeling – just like engineering and architecture currently rely on people skilled in computer-aided design (CAD) modeling, soon there will be a high demand for those who can model designs for custom products that can then be replicated through 3D printing.
- 3D scientific modeling – science and medicine have already embraced 3D printing as an aide in the creation of new technologies, and are only likely to embrace it further in the future. The demand for 3D modelers with scientific or biomedical knowledge is likely to foster a new community of 3D printing professionals in the sciences and medicine.
- 3D printing legal experts – 3D printing allows for the copying of copyrighted, patented, or otherwise legally protected products with ease. As 3D printers become more widely available and infringement becomes a more prominent issue, experts in the technology will be called upon to testify in Intellectual Property cases.
- 3D printing educators – just like with any technology that becomes integral to business and industry, educational institutions are already beginning to offer 3D printer training programs. These courses aren’t just limited to trade schools and colleges, either. Some K-12 schools are also teaching students how to use 3D printers, and more are likely to do so in the near future.
- 3D construction modeling – now that designs and blueprints can be recreated in three dimensions for clients to look at and comment upon, construction and architecture firms will soon start demanding more 3D printing technicians to bring plans to life for their clients. Expect 3D prototypes to become the norm within construction and architecture in the next couple of decades.
- 3D R&D – companies that integrate the use of 3D printing into their R&D and manufacturing operations will be able to compete more quickly and efficiently than their competition, and professionals in those fields who learn 3D printing now will likely have an edge over those who don’t.
Over the next decade, any industry that relies on product modeling, drafting, or replication will be greatly impacted by 3D printing. Here at Q-Cad, we plan to stay on top of all the latest trends in CAD drafting, no matter where they take us. To talk with us about what new methods we’re using and how they can benefit you, give us a call at 800-700-3305.