I vividly remember the time when I was doing the same thing last year. It’s truly incredible to see and realize how far the industry has seen 2013 by comparing its applications to last year’s. Since it is precisely these applications that drive the industry, a lot has been accomplished in the last 12 months.
Of course various 3D printing technologies have evolved, making it possible for creative minds to come up with new ways to use 3D printing and additive manufacturing. So, without further ado, I will jump to my top 5 3D printing applications from the past year.
This time I’m going to start from 5th place instead of 1st and go up the list.
5. Olaf Diegel and 3D Printed Instruments
I know guitars were around before 2013, but as an amateur musician I can’t let this go unrecognized. Guitars, including steampunk models (obviously present at 3D Systems exhibition booths this year), were just the beginning, as Olaf had just recently returned with a ladybug keyboard and a stunning drum set.
I had the privilege of meeting Olaf at the Inside 3D Printing event in Singapore. He is a genuine and really nice guy, armed with a great sense of humour. He gave a wonderful performance that was well received, and I look forward to collaborating with him on other events in the future.
4. 3D Printing Assisted Bone Surgery (Malaysia)
Earlier this year I had the privilege of participating in a Materialize event in KL, Malaysia, where Dr. Ranjit Singh Gill presented a first-of-its-kind case study of bone surgery in Asia using 3D printing techniques was. The patient’s bones were first CT scanned and then 3D printed for Dr. Ranjit to study.
Usually the doctor has to rely on X-ray images and only see the bones for the first time during surgery. Planning the operation proved more efficient, using 3D printing. The results reduced the typical four-hour operation time to one, and four-hour recovery time to one week.
What was really special about this case was that Dr. Ranjith didn’t have to learn 3D printing, he was able to work in this case with a service provider, Materialize, who quickly produced the 3D printed parts that made the whole process easier. permitted to. Happen.
3. Nervous System Kinematics with “4D Printing”
When I first heard about Skylar Tibits and 4D printing, I thought it was fantastic. However, as fascinating as the technology is with the additional fourth dimension, I was surprised that there appeared to be very little application of 4D printing in the media.
More recently, Nervous Systems came forward with the application of 4D Printing and Kinematics by introducing customized jewelery and clothing modeling tools, now available online. I hope this will inspire others to develop more applications for 4D printing.
2. Easton La Chapelle and the Notorious Robotic Arm
Easton La Chapelle and Robotic Arm were certainly among the applications that marked 2013 and 3D printing applications. It’s such a great story on so many levels – it’s hard to describe. For me though, Easton highlights an important lesson about using technology to do good for others who may not be able to afford the high costs of modern medical institutions.
He actually redefined the word ‘producer’ especially considering his young age. His achievement did not go unnoticed, as the story was covered in literally every media concerned. At the same time, he also received official recognition from the highest level: President Obama. 17-year-old Easton has a great road ahead of him, and I can’t wait to see what the coming years bring. Very good!
1. 3D Printing in Space
The winning application – for me – was an easy pick this year. It is not just one application but a range of applications fueling the potential for manufacturing in space – greatly enabled by 3D printing. The application debuted before 2013, but this year it gained widespread traction – and media attention – so I think it can be included here.
The number of 3D printing and space-related applications is growing, along with NASA’s project to send 3D printers into space in 2014, and future plans include Deep Space Industries’ project to build space mining stations within a decade , and the list goes on and on.
For me personally the whole idea of using 3D printing in space exploration is a huge leap forward because it makes the whole process a lot less expensive, as the most expensive part is transporting heavy objects through the atmosphere. Now, they just manufacture locally on site. This is one of my favorite areas and I am happy to have it first in my top 5.