Do you want to invest in a business of the future and become the next Google? Do you want to be the next Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, or Jeff Bezos? If YES, here are 50 fast growing 3d printing business ideas to start.
The world has advanced rapidly away from the Gutenberg printing machines of
the 19th century to a more advance medium of inscribing ink on paper,
the world has moved away from just printing on paper to printing on other
surfaces such as cotton, ceramics, wood, and other clean surfaces. To make
things simpler, 3D means three dimensional printing which means an additive
technology in which objects are built up in a great many very thin layers.
Why Start a 3d Printing Business?
Imagine a future in which a device connected to a computer can print a solid
object. A future in which we can have tangible goods as well as intangible
services delivered to our desktops or high-street shops over the Internet. 3D
printing offers a wide range of business opportunities that can rain cash into
your bank accounts now and even more in the future since it is a business that
will get better with time.
3D printing is the next big thing in the print industry. Nothing could be
more fascinating than having pictures printed out exactly the way they look.
Instead of using ink or toner, as is the case with traditional printers, a 3D
printer can print in plastic, metal, nylon, and over a hundred other
Starting a 3D Printing Business – Industry Overview
The 3D printing market is expected to garner $8.6 billion by 2020,
registering a CAGR of 21% from 2015 – 2020. 3D printing is also referred as
additive printing technology that lets manufacturers to develop objects using a
digital file and variety of printing materials.
The global market for 3D printing materials includes polymers, metals and
ceramics. Also 3D printing offers a wide array of applications in various
industries, namely consumer products, industrial products, defense &
aerospace, automotive, healthcare, education & research and others.
From detailed analysis, we believe that the factors driving this market are
reduction of errors, high degree of accuracy, efficient use of raw materials,
ability to build customized products, simultaneous use of multiple materials for
printing, efficient use of production time and finances, and competency over
traditional techniques among others. High production cost to individual users,
expensive 3D printing software, lack of channel partner assistance, and scarcity
of skilled labour are some of the factors mitigating the global 3D printing
Reports have it that the global market for 3D printing has been segmented
based on component, application and geography. Based on component, the market is
classified into technology, material and services. Application wise, the market
is categorized into consumer products, aerospace, defense, education
and research, automotive, industrial, and others. We believe that the consumer
products industry has been the highest revenue generating segment and it is
expected to be the highest generating segment even during the forecasted
With 3D printing becoming more popular, the market for this new technology is
expected to blossom, which means there are huge profit opportunities for
entrepreneurs who are willing to start a 3D printing business. So if you are
willing to start a business that is related to this field, Here is a list of 50
lucrative 3D printing business ideas you can consider if you want to join this
business to the future:
JEWELRY AND ORNAMENTS PRODUCTION
A very profitable business you can venture into in this industry is
production of jewelry and ornaments, there is an available market for the
products especially if they are really beautiful and cheap. With the possession
of a 3D printer and a perfect understanding of how to use it, then you can start
your own small business that manufactures fancy cheap but attractive jewelries.
Once you can come up with hundreds of creative designs, your printer will
readily churn them out in 3D; and you can sell to customers either offline or
via the internet.
As kids we all love to have things we can play with, this toys keep children
entertained and busy. If you are looking to start a 3D printing business,
another area you can specialize in is the manufacturing of children’s toys and
There’s a huge global market for children’s toys and they are always
in-demand. So, there’s no limit to the profit you can make. Since there is no
ban of procreation, that is an assurance that all year round there will be an
increase in the demand for these toys especially if you can think like a kid and
come up with adorable designs that will grasp the attention of this small
PRINTING CUSTOM COLLARS FOR DOGS AND CATS.
Pets need distinct identification and most owners have identified the need
for this unique and customized means of doing so. You can tap into this goldmine
by printing their collars. This is very simple idea with the right market, dog
and cat lovers tend to spend a lot of money on their animals, and you have
custom content too such as name and address of the dog including the contact
details of the owner in case the pet get lost, plus allowing to choose their
preferred shape, colors and fonts.
PRINTING CUSTOMIZED CHARACTERS FROM VIDEO GAMES
Although there are more competitors in this space with slight variations of
user experience and business models. This is a perfect business idea for 3D
printing, because content is unique for each user. Especially consider games
like World of Warcraft, where people invest a lot of time in customizing and
playing with their virtual character. In that case they would be willing to pay
much more than for equivalent figurine of mass production. There is a huge
market as long as you can find games for which selling figurines is more
profitable than other income (ads, in-app-purchases).
PRODUCE FETUS FIGURINES FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS
What can be so real like producing the figurine of their unborn babies’
months before birth? Some companies are now offering 3D printed fetuses as
souvenirs for expectant mothers. WolfPrint, a 3D printing specialist, has become
quite popular in Estonia, where it works with medical facilities that offer 3D
ultrasounds in order to generate the data required to print figurines.
In the United States, 3D Babies offer four-inch figurines for $250 and
eight-inch figurines for $550. Both can be generated from 3D ultrasound images
or from newborn baby photos. All you have to do is to liaise with women and
child care hospitals and meet with obstetricians to market your ideas. You are
in for a jackpot if you can start this business soon.
PRINT CUSTOMIZED EAR BUDS
Many of us are fed up with the one-size-fits-all ear buds that came with our
phones and tablets. Apparently, you’re not the only one. You can offer
custom-fit, 3D-printed ear buds. The current market price as offered by Normal
is $199, they’re not cheap, but the new technology allows a price point far
below that of other custom headphones, which can cost more than $1,000.Buyers
photograph their ears using a Smartphone app, choose a color scheme, and have
their headphones shipped as quickly as two days from time of order.
Yes, people need to send photos of both their ears because of the differences
everyone has between their two lobes, according to Normal’s FAQ. “You might be
surprised how different your ears are,” the company explains. “Ears are weird,
really weird.” So weird, in fact, that most hearing aids are already being 3D
printed. The process of scanning the ear and making molds for the eventual
complete device used to take about a week, Kathryn Doyle reported for Quartz. 3D
printing has reduced that process to a single day. Time to set up a new business
as we all love listening to music and streaming videos aside making calls.
PRODUCE IMPLANTS AND PROSTHETICS
One of the industries that will benefit the most from 3D printing is the
health care industry. Patients can now have body replacement parts such as
prosthetic limbs and artificial teeth custom made for them within hours. If you
are looking at rendering 3D printing services, you can specialize in that
The outlook for medical use of 3D printing is evolving at an extremely rapid
pace as specialists are beginning to utilize 3D printing in more advanced ways.
Patients around the world are experiencing improved quality of care through 3D
printed implants and prosthetics never before seen. With a sound background in
healthcare products, you can join this rare and new business to earn a
legitimate income for yourself.
As of the early two-thousands, 3D printing technology has been studied by
biotech firms and academia for possible use in tissue engineering applications
where organs and body parts are built using inkjet techniques. Layers of living
cells are deposited onto a gel medium and slowly built up to form three
dimensional structures. This can be really medical and very complicated but with
the right technology and expertise in place, it be achieved. One beautiful thing
about this idea is that apart from making money, you will also be saving lives
and making the world a better place to live.
SELLING 3D PRINTERS
3D printers are fast becoming very popular. And they will continue to be
relevant for as long as they remain the most advanced printing devices
technology has ever produced. You can take your share of the “pie” by starting a
business that sells 3D printers. However, you must ensure that you have a
well-defined target market before taking a plunge.
CORPORATE PRINTING SERVICES
If you have a 3D printer or can afford to buy one, you can start a business
that offers 3D printing services to businesses. Your target customers are
manufacturing businesses that need to create 3D prototypes of a new product
before starting its production. Although some businesses will have their own 3D
printers for this purpose, many others will prefer to use third-party
3D printable models may be created with a computer aided design (CAD)
package, via a 3D scanner or by a plain digital camera and photogrammetric
software. 3D printed models created with CAD results in reduced errors and can
be corrected before printing, allowing verification in the design of the object
before it is printed. You can become a modeling expert with adequate knowledge
in Auto Cad and other modeling software, your services is needed not just by
manufacturing companies but also in the construction industry by structural and
Companies have created services where consumers can customize objects using
simplified web based customization software, and order the resulting items as 3D
printed unique objects. This now allows consumers to create custom cases for
their mobile phones. Nokia has released the 3D designs for its case so that
owners can customize their own case and have it 3D printed. You can into the
mass customization of objects and items for individuals especially clothing as
3D designs can be employed in the production.
3D printing has can be adopted in the world of clothing with fashion
designers experimenting with 3D-printed bikinis, shoes, and dresses. In
commercial production Nike is using 3D printing to prototype and manufactures
the 2012 Vapor Laser Talon football shoe for players of American football, and
New Balance is 3D manufacturing custom-fit shoes for athletes.
3D printing has come to the point where companies are printing consumer grade
eyewear with on-demand custom fit and styling (although they cannot print the
lenses). On-demand customization of glasses is possible with rapid prototyping.
Therefore, a good business venture to exploit is mass production of apparels and
The first pill manufactured by 3D printing was approved by the FDA in August
2015. Binder-jetting into a powder bed of the drug allows very porous pills to
be produced, which enables high drug doses in a single pill which dissolves
quickly and can be ingested easily. This has been demonstrated for Spritam, a
reformulation of levetiracetam for the treatment of epilepsy. So what this
implies is that you can become a pharmaceutical producer with a 3D printer and
the right combination of chemical.
PRODUCTION OF SPECIALTY MATERIALS
Consumer grade 3D printing has resulted in new materials that have been
developed specifically for 3D printers. For example, filament materials have
been developed to imitate wood, in its appearance as well as its texture.
Furthermore, new technologies such as infusing carbon fiber into printable
plastics; thus allowing for a stronger, lighter material.
In addition to new structural materials that have been developed due to 3D
printing, new technologies have allowed for patterns to be applied directly to
3D printed parts. Iron oxide-free Portland cement powder has been used to create
architectural structures up to 9 feet in height.
ASSEMBLING OF COMPUTER
3D printing can also be used to make laptops and other computers and cases.
For example, Novena and VIA OpenBook standard laptop cases. I.e. a Novena
motherboard can be bought and be used in a printed VIA OpenBook case.
Open-source robots are built using 3D printers. Double Robotics grants access to
their technology (an open SDK). On the other hand, 3&DBot is an Arduino 3D
printer-robot with wheels and ODOI is a 3D printed humanoid robot. You can
therefore start a business of assembling computer by buying motherboards and
printing the cases and other accessories. That will be a hit for you with the
right marketing strategy.
In 2014, a man from Japan became the first person in the world to be
imprisoned for making 3D printed firearms. Yoshitomo Imura posted videos and
blueprints of the gun online and was sentenced to jail for two years. Police
found at least two guns in his household that were capable of firing bullets.
Even this sound illegal and illegitimate you can start producing firearms but
with the right certification and permission by the government, without this
permission, it might end up as a jail term for you if caught.
A popular way to make money from 3d printing business is to create a blog
where you share information on the intricacies of 3d printing ranging from the
technology, equipment and usage. If you can ensure your blog grows in traffic,
you can start selling advert spaces to 3d printing services, 3d printing
companies and 3d printers manufacturers. You may also create e-book and video
tutorials as well as online courses on 3d printing which could be offered for
sale on your blog. Blogging on 3d is one of the best lucrative 3d printing ideas
SALES OF 3D PRINTER, 3D PRINTER ACCESSORIES AND
Many people who do not have any experience of 3d printing have succeeded in
exploiting the huge demand in this industry just by buying offering 3d printers
for sale. They buy and sell industrial 3d printers and related accessories.
Ensure you carry out extensive market survey to know what sizes and brands of 3d
printer sell fast in the market. This will make you get good 3d printers prices
for your business.
Just like a company called Twindom that specializes in 3D printing miniature
figurines of people, they are a lot of positive feedback here from people we’ve
sold our 3D photography turnkey business package to. Our Mobile Scanner is
totally portable, attaches to the back of an iPad, and produces pretty awesome
3D scans that we then print for our partners at our facility at a wholesale
price (they determine their own pricing and margins on top of that). In our
experience, 3D printing technology seems to get people way more excited when
they see it create a product that’s very personal. You can join the figurine or
the 3D photography business too in your own location.
Until recent years models were built by hand, often taking a long time. Thus,
architects are often forced to show their clients drawings of their projects.
Manchester-based company Hobs’ business is based around working with architects,
engineers and other creative to use 3D printing as part of their work, but to
show off its capabilities, the company 3D printed models of the city’s two
football stadia – Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium. This are just practical
examples of how 3D printing can be adopted in designing structures, you can also
start a business in that line.
3D GAMING LOUNGES
Another lucrative business to invest in today in the 3D printing niche is the
3D gaming lounges. You can start a gaming lounge that will make use of 3D
gadgets in making game freaks enjoy their games while you make your money. The
youth love adventure and action, if you can provide such in your lounge; you
will always smile to the bank at the end of every month. Not only that, you will
become an employer of labor as it cannot be a one man business, with the right
marketing strategy and platform, the business will make a headway.
3D CULINARY SERVICE
Imagine yourself ordering a food at a restaurant and it can be printed out
based on your criteria and taste in a matter of minute. You can start a 3D food
restaurant where people can print out their foods either by themselves or with
your supervision. This business can yield for you high level of income as it
will be a different adventure and taste for people who love. You can tap into
Foodini’s idea, Foodini is an automated meal-assembly machine that creates
homemade meals faster and more efficiently than human hands, it is the first
product by Natural Machines.
3D SELFIE STUDIO
Ever wanted a 3D printing of your selfie? Well you’re in luck. Swiss company
Dacuda and Swedish company Volumental have developed a mobile app that allows
selfie-lovers to have their picture printed in 3D.Users can take a picture using
their Smartphone or tablet, moving it from left to right in front of their face.
This will create a 3D rendering of their face.
They will then be able to send the picture to a 3D printing company and
receive a 3D version of their face in the post. You are wondering how you can
tap into this idea and make money; all you need to do is to set up a 3D printing
studio. So instead of being an ordinary photo studio, you will be printing out
3D versions. You can even combine the 3D selfie studio with a 2D printing.
3D WEB DESIGNING
Leverage the power of 3D printing by creating complex shapes easily,
customize designs cheaply, or create moving parts which require no assembly.
Need inspiration? Spend time perusing the 40,000+ designs on thingiverse.com to
marvel at the creativity and possibilities shared by others. Once your design is
complete in CAD, make sure it’s 3D printable. Other free tools like netfabb or
the Solid Inspector plugin for Sketchup will find and correct errors you
inadvertently created. You can stand out as a 3D web developer and make money
more that your peers using the 3D platform as leverage.
CREATE, INVENT, AND SELL DESIGNS.
This is the most affordable and easiest way to get started. It’s essentially
like creating a Smartphone app and selling it for royalties. Start by learning
from free CAD tools like Trimble Sketchup or TinkerCAD. Most beginners are
surprised by how easily they can whip up a complex looking design after a few
tutorials. Sophisticated and professional quality designs can be made with these
tools. Make sure to leverage the available online tutorials and communities for
help. Leverage the power of 3D printing by creating complex shapes easily,
customize designs cheaply, or create moving parts which require no assembly.
CREATE AND SELL A NOVEL DESIGN
This opportunity requires the most money and creativity, but it also has the
highest return potential. Here, you are making an online business where you sell
a product revolutionized by 3D printing or some other related service. The key
to coming up with a valuable service comes back to the freedoms inherent to 3D
printing. For instance, the ability to easily modify designs lends to automated
customization of products. Users can self-create customizations on your website
and let 3D printers do the work. For inspiration, consider examples like the
custom 3D figurines of Shapify or the new site for custom shoes called
3D ART PRINTING
3D printing and art is a staying point as the technology develops well beyond
the early days when artists, those who are interested in digital 3D design and
printing, were largely on their own when it comes to mastering the technology or
accessing a wide variety of software and hardware available in today’s
burgeoning marketplace. The choices and techniques out there are far too
numerable to fully grasp the printing for creating sculpture and /or integrate
it in mixed media canvas. If you have an in depth background in art, you can
combine it with 3D printing to achieve the desired results.
3D PRINTING EDUCATION
Not many people today are conversant with 3D printing. You can create a niche
for yourself with the right training by becoming a 3D tutor and making the field
wider. You are not only going to be earning a living but you will also be
3D FASHION DESIGNER
With the emphasis on digital technology and such a savvy, artistic culture,
designers and manufacturers have definitely caught on to all the benefits 3D
printing has to offer them. Aside from the total novelty of presenting 3D
printed dresses, shoes, jewelry, and myriad other accessories, they are able to
cut out the traditional middlemen and can even become their own mini-factories,
should they wish. And high-tech is in high demand, meaning that 3D design, 3D
printing, and virtual reality have all carved out a place within that area of
the world and they aren’t going anywhere.
3D ELECTRONICS ASSEMBLING
It’s hard to believe that we’ve already reached any sort of crossroads where
3D printing could already need redefining, but if you think about it, makers and
scientists have been redefining the technology since square one to meet their
own needs for innovation and production, and especially since digital design and
3D printing truly hit the mainstream.
The industry, and technology, is in a constant—and spectacularly
impressive—state of evolution. That is mainly in thanks to the brilliant minds
of our time, and scientists like Paul Chiarot, a Binghamton University engineer
whose research attracted a lot of attention; in fact, so much that he has
received a five-year grant for $500,000 to continue his research with 3D
printing and electronics. So very soon, you can start producing electronics in a
3D ROBOTICS ENGINEERING
Indeed, it was no small feat to engineer a multi-faceted smart robot that can
be assembled by kids like a Lego set, programmed by ages six to twelve, and then
raced all over the house while being controlled remotely with a phone or tablet.
The team worked meticulously not just to create programming that would work best
for a toy that kids could customize, but also to integrate 3D printing and
robotics that would offer just the right of challenge. Therefore, you can go
into robotics engineering using 3D printing and designing using 3D printers
Advertisers and PR professionals always think out of the box in reaching
their target audience in order to sell whatever goods and services they are
advertising. Partnering with advertisers can bring about a new way in
advertising; you can develop 3D ways of advertising products to the target
audience. Humans want to see new ways of doing things always. Therefore become
distinct from the crowd by coming up with a form of 3D advertising form and
smile to the bank.
This is some kind of 3D market place where designs in 3D and products can be
bought and sold. The marketplace connects shoppers with designers of 3D printed
objects, and allows designers to upload their products for production. Buyers
can provide feedback to designers, who can make adjustments and continue to sell
their wares through the site. What kinds of items are for sale? Products range
from tech toys to jewelry to home decor pieces.
3D ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING
Additive manufacturing is a manufacturing process through which
three-dimensional (3-D) solid objects are created. It enables the creation of
physical 3-D models of objects using a series of additive or layered development
framework, where layers are laid down in succession to create a complete 3-D
object. Additive manufacturing is an alternative to the traditional product
manufacturing process, where objects were designed by cutting and forcibly
shaping raw material and constructing an object through the use of molds and
dyes. You can invest in additive manufacturing and earn a good living.
The cinema culture has been alive for several years. But 3D cinematography is
becoming more popular and is fast becoming the next big thing in the cinema
industry. If cinema-goers abound in your locality, then you should consider
stunning them by opening a cinema that display movies in 3D.3D glasses are to be
worn, so that the images are correctly filtered to your left or right eye.
The 3D illusion is created when our brain receives different images from each
of our eyes and automatically merges them into a single image. This is how the
perception of depth comes into play in reality whenever we visually process our
physical 3D environments. Opening a 3D cinema center might be a bright business
idea as the world is moving beyond 2D movies.
3D PRINTING BLOGGING
Another way you can monetize your 3D printing business is to start a blog for
sharing all you know about the technology and application of 3D printing. With
time, you will build a large audience of readers who are eager to learn more
about 3D printing. Once you have built a high traffic blog, you can start making
money from it by selling advert slots to 3D printing services and companies
selling 3D printers, offering e-courses on 3D printing, selling your own eBook
on the topic, and so on.
Create a 3D printing review site that would also tie in a 3D printing
service. The 3D print site would need regular news updates, a comparison page,
and a user registration system along with integrated forums. This would require
the person to actually be pretty interested in 3D printing, seek out demos, post
reviews and pictures/videos of actual products being made. Basically like a
“TechCrunch of 3D printing” or an “Engadget of 3D printing.” In the long run,
advert or Google Adsense would generate income for the site.
3D PRINTED SHOES
3D printing of shoes uses pictures of a person’s feet to create 3D printed
shoes that are customized to exactly fit that person’s feet. After a customer
uses the app to upload photos of his feet and pick a design for his shoes, Feetz
prints the pair and ships it within seven days. How interesting can it get,
start printing shoes and making a good living for yourself.
3D HOLOGRAPHIC PRINTING SERVICE
Unlike traditional 3D Printing, Holographic Printing uses pulse lasers to
deposit your 3D models onto film, when illuminated with a light your 3D model is
released from the film creating a high resolution 3D light field of your model
that exists in space and feels so real you want to reach out and grab it. Like
most solid 3D Printing Zebra Holograms use the same 3D models to produce the
The Holographic print offers a bevy of improvements over its solid
counterpart. The beauty of holographic printing lies in three dimensions. It is
faster as the print speeds of a Zebra Holograms print full-color objects up 24″
X 34″ in less than 3 hours. The resolution of 3D Printed Holograms boast much
higher resolution than their solid counterparts, each hologram contains ~1TB of
high resolution data and lastly, it is cost effective as you can print a 8″ x
10″ holograms are as low as $70.00.
3D MAPPING SYSTEM
3D holographic maps provide the highest quality 3D visualization to help
military, NGOs, State Department personnel and Joint Task Forces coordinate
relief efforts quickly without language or interpretation errors. With the right
training and knowledge you can develop 3D maps and sell to both the military and
the intelligence gathering agencies at a huge price. You also will be able to
maintain the mapping system for a fee.
3D PRINTER ACCESSORIES AND SUPPLIES
No doubt, starting a business that sells 3D printers might require huge
startup capital; and that because each unit comes at an expensive price,
thousands of dollars. However, there’s a less expensive way to make money from
the 3D printing industry: selling 3D printer accessories and supplies. If you
live in a place where 3D printing has become popular, then this is for you.
3D printing is a new concept to most people. (In fact, in some parts of the
world, it’s literally unheard of). If you deeply understand 3D printers and how
they work, you can turn your knowledge into huge profits by teaching others who
want to learn how to use these fascinating devices. Both individuals and
corporate clients will readily pay to learn from you.
CREATE AN INFORMATION PRODUCT
Since many people want to learn 3D printing and are ready to pay to achieve
just that, you can make fortune by packaging all the information they need into
an electronic product; such as a video or an eBook—and put it up for sale. Only
few people have knowledge of 3D printing enough to fill up an eBook or long
video. So, the competition is minimal.
3D PRINTING AFFILIATE MARKETING
Even if you are on a flat budget, you can make a fortune from the 3D printing
industry by referring finding customers online and referring them to companies
that sell 3D printers. Because these printers are expensive, you will get a fat
commission each time a customer buys a 3D printer through your affiliate
3D TELEVISION DEVELOPMENT.
3D TV offers a sense of depth that standard 2D TV can’t match. Bear in mind,
though, that you’ll have to wear special glasses to watch it.3D TVs polarize the
original 3D pictures into separate images. Seen with the naked eye, the picture
appears to be blurred, but if you put on 3D glasses, the separate images are
directed to either your right or left eye, creating the impression of depth.
It’s worth bearing in mind that there’s really no such thing as an
exclusively 3D TV. Rather there are TVs that come with 3D as a feature. You can
use them to watch your usual 2D TV and films, but also 3D content providing you
own a Best Buy Blu-ray player, or have access to 3D programs through your TV
provider, such as Sky or Virgin Media.
You will buy a product, customized to your exact specifications, which is
3D-printed and delivered to your doorstep. Innovative companies will use 3D
printing technologies to give themselves a competitive advantage by offering
customization at the same price as their competitor’s standard products.
At first this may range from novelty items like custom Smartphone cases or
ergonomic improvements to standard tools, but it will rapidly expand to new
markets. The leaders will adjust their sales, distribution and marketing
channels to take advantage of their capability to provide customization direct
to the customer. Customization will also play a big role in healthcare devices
such as 3D-printed hearing aids and artificial limbs.
Even though this will reduce the creativity of human race, you can start to
print and sell artworks made with 3D printers. This you can exhibit and sell for
huge amount of money. 3D printed art is now being showcased in galleries in the
United States, but unlike most exhibits, the work is meant to be experienced
through both the tactile and visual senses.
3D IMPLANTS DEVELOPMENT
3D-printed medical implants will improve the quality of life of someone close
to you. Because 3D printing allows products to be custom-matched to an exact
body shape, it is being used today for making better titanium bone implants,
prosthetic limbs and orthodontic devices. Experiments in printing soft tissue
are underway, and may soon allow printed veins and arteries to be used in
operations. Today’s research into medical applications of 3D printing covers
nano-medicine, pharmaceuticals and even printing of organs. Taken to the
extreme, 3D printing could one day enable custom medicines and reduce if not
eliminate the organ donor shortage.
Once reserved for prototypes and toys, 3D printing will become industrial
strength. You will take a flight on an airliner that includes 3D-printed
components, making it lighter and more fuel efficient. In fact, there are
aircrafts that already contain some 3D-printed components. The technology will
also start to be adopted for the direct manufacture of specialist components in
industries like defense and automotive. Overall, the number of 3D printed parts
in planes, cars and even appliances will increase without you knowing.
3D print shops will begin to appear, at first servicing local markets with
high-quality 3D printing services. Initially designed to service
rapid-prototyping and other niche capabilities, these shops will branch into the
consumer marketplace. As retailers begin to “ship the design, not the product,”
the local 3D print shop will one day be where you pick up your customized,
locally manufactured products, just like you pick up your printed photos from
the local Wal-Mart today. So open a 3D mall where people can shop for
The good thing about this new business is that it will never stop working.
Everything in this world can be printed in 3D and sold. The huge demand on 3D
printer products and prototype is going crazy. Unlike what obtains with
traditional 2D printers, the outputs of 3D printers are far beyond on-paper
pictures. They are real-life objects that you can see and touch. Now, you can
imagine how fascinating that could be. 3D printing is still very new, but it
promises to become one of the biggest industries ever–due to its relevance to a
wide range of sectors.