Expected Breakthroughs in 3D Printing

As of now, 3D printing has achieved impressive heights. We’ve seen 3D printing produce functional parts from over 250 materials; produce complex shapes up to 100 times the speed of traditional printers with stereo-lithography methods; and are 90 percent material efficient.

Where will it go from here? Check out the next five 3D printing breakthroughs you can expect from 2019 and 2024.

3D printing speeds are slated to increase by 50-100X

“In a new feat, however, the MIT Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity recently created a printer 10 times faster than traditional desktop models and 3 times faster than a $100,000 industrial-scale system. Achieving record speeds, the MIT team printed a helical bevel gear in a mere 10 minutes, and a pair of eyeglass frames in only 3.6 minutes. The acceleration of 3D printing will revolutionize nearly every industry, from retail to manufacturing.”


Sustainable, affordable, 3D printed neighborhoods are launching

“The construction and real estate industries will experience disruption at monumental scales, as 3D printed homes offer cheaper, environmentally-friendly alternatives to traditional housing. 3D printed homes appeared for the first time last year in the Dutch city of Eindhoven, where a shortage of bricklayers increased the demand for this technology.”


Convincing and delicious 3D printed steaks and burgers in fine restaurants on Earth and in space

“3D printed meat using plant-based proteins will provide a more sustainable solution to feeding the world’s growing population. Livestock produces 14.5 to 18 percent of global human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, yet 3D printed meat can provide the same satisfaction without the harmful environmental effects. Over the next five years, costs will lower and textures will improve. Israeli company Chef-it and Giuseppe Scionti’s NovaMeat are already making progress.”


Metal 3D printers will overtake plastics

“Prepare for the emergence of 3D printed jewelry, car and airplane parts, kitchenware, and prototypes. 3D metal printers will not only eliminate waste in manufacturing, but also create more lightweight parts—a development especially pertinent to aircraft construction.”


“Hey” will be the most frequently used command in design engineering

“Hey Cogni, design me a new pair of shoes, 8.5 medium, with load bearing for my weight,” is a phrase we’ll likely use in the next five years. Smart 3D printers with natural language processing, AI-powered generative design, and customization abilities will allow for seamless design engineering.”

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