Welcome back, in today’s article, we are all set to discover the truth behind different myths plaguing the 3D Printing industry. 3D Printing is a new technology, and hence it has been a victim of the “Gossip World”.
Let’s take a look in to the most common Myths about 3D Printing:
“3D printing is so advanced, the designing an object is only limited to your imagination.”
This is as true as it can be, 3D printing technologies are capable of producing almost any geometry, provided it can be built up in layers. However, every process has its own limits and hence the basic limitations still apply to your design.
Myth 2: “3D printing is for Volume Manufacturing.”
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A few years ago we heard about artificial blood being synthesized and used to help patients. Today, we have Artificial 3D Livers and other various organs being created and researched upon by doctors.
Yes, you read it right, 3D Printing in Medicine Bioprinting or Bioplotting is a technology of manufacturing artificial body organs ranging from ears to livers to even a small blood corpuscle. The Implication is so huge that in the future you just may not have to worry about organ donors or costly organ transplant operations anymore. Bioprinting, as you may imagine, is an extremely complex area. It includes both the 3D printing of biocompatible scaffolding to grow tissues on by using stem cell cultures and the actual 3D printing of tissues using hydrogels (gels made of living cells) through the use of bioplotters. These machines ,produced by companies such as Organovo and EnvisionTEC are actually more similar to a 2D printer, as they print out “sheets” of organic tissue by combining different hydrogels.
So far the greatest accomplishments in bioprining have regarded the development of small parts of organic tissues that react to drugs, however full organs are considered to be only a few years away, starting with kidneys, skin and liver. The biggest hurdle to overcome 3D bioprinting is “capilliarization”, that is the “embedding” of capillary networks to carry the blood throughout the organ.
3D Printing in Medicine Bioprinting or Bioplotting , doesn’t inspire “Frankenstein” yet. Using 3-D printers to produce organic material with human cells has been a part of the biomedical industry since the late ’90s. Scientists are far from — and may never get to — the point where somebody will be able to just press “Print” from a home computer and get a brand-new liver. Scientists won’t be growing human hearts and lungs in large glass tubes anytime soon.
It’s hard to predict where researchers will take this kind of work in the coming months and years, and it’s too early to judge a new revolution, which has just begun..
Stay tuned for my next post, where I will be busting some well-known Myths, about 3D printing.
What is 3D printing ?
3D printing is a method of manufacturing everything from cars to cupboards, to guns and robotic parts, using a computer-controlled printer.
The fundamental rule of 3D printing is that it’s an additive manufacturing technique, unlike traditional methods, which are subtractive. While there are different kinds of 3D printing techniques, all 3D objects are generally built out of different layers, fused together. A 3D printer starts with the bottom layer, waits for it to solidify, and then works its way up. This layering process differs depending on the printer and the material it works with , for example: metal, plaster, polymer or resin.
While consumer- and small business-oriented 3D printing is just taking off, 3D printing has been used in an industrial setting for almost 30 years now (Yes, your elders know about it).
Some industrial printers can print with multiple nozzles at the same time, or even use metal (more on that later).
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Stratasys has unveiled the world’s first full-color 3D printer allowing users to print both in color and multiple materials. This machine with incredible features comes at a huge price.
Stratasys, one of the biggest 3D printer manufacturers in the world, has upped the ante with its latest Objet500 Connex3 machine, touted as the world’s first full-color machine. The new 3D printing technology is sure to transform the designing, engineering and manufacturing industry. Stratasys showed off the multi material color printer at the SolidWorks World 2014 in San Diego, Monday.
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