Digital Printing Is On The Path Of Redefining The Way Humanity Innovates

1548 Words Oct 20th, 2015 null Page
Three-dimensional printing is on the path of redefining the way humanity innovates. Not only does it allow the rapid development of prototypes, but it also expedites the manufacturing process. The number of open source designs available is experiencing exponential growth, and that growth is beginning to have an impact on our everyday lives. Whether it is the speed at which we can acquire items we wish to have, the economic effect of 3D printing, or the surge of innovation, 3D printers serve as the perfect platform. The maker movement is a movement which has recently gathered increasing momentum in combining the use of new technologies such as 3D printing “that are driving innovation in manufacturing, engineering, industrial design, hardware technology, and education” [15]. With an estimated 135 million U.S. adults who apply their creative skills to manufacture products, it is easy to see why it has gained so much momentum [21]. With the price of printers and materials plummeting from tens of thousands of dollars to a mere two or three thousand, the use of this revolutionary tool has reached the average innovator, consumer, and maker. With the open sourcing of many printer designs, the cost of 3D printing has reached a level where the average consumer may enter the industry with a small investment. With a surge of open source designs, it may soon be quicker for an individual to print out a lost or misplaced phone case than going to the store to replace it. For example, a…

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