3D Printing: Everything Just Got Easier and Lesser

by Jaera Jielyn Borres

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                     If you are planning to produce something, there are two major points to consider: the idea and the resources to make that idea possible (which includes monetary and non-monetary resources). We can actually align this statement to the process of 3D printing or 3Dimensions printing. In the past, before the wave of technological advancement, creating or manufacturing something was always a difficult and long process: from putting everything together, cutting them the way we want it to look like and even re-creating it all over again if it fails to meet our expectations. 3D or 3Dimensions printing has changed the printing industry—everything just got easier. This type of printing is a process of turning a digital 3D model into a physical object. 

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Additive manufacturing or commonly known as 3D printing, has the potential to equate the production of anything one can imagine. The technology will restructure economies and labour markets, and redefine the creation of how we give life to ideas. No doubt, we are still in the early days of 3D printing with respect to the impact that it can deliver both technologically and conceptually. Accepting this seamless approach to doing things is the first step. But before we go deeper into this promising modern technology, how does it really process our inputs? In a layman’s term, after you have the idea for a design or mock-up image in your head of a certain product, a house or basically anything that you could think of, next would be starting to put a life to your intangible idea (by using a computer-aided design program). Once the model is converted into a “sliced” file, it will then be put in to a 3D printer, which creates the object layer by layer. Material is put down in layers; each layer adds to the previous layer and in turn becomes a base for the next layer – the result being a 3D object of your drawing. 

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                        Dubai has some of the biggest construction industries in the world. Given these, reducing cost in terms of financing, materials, labour and duration of completing things are on top of the priority list. A recent study by Deloitte identified 3D printing as a technology that will have greater impact on the world over the next 20 years than any other innovation since the industrial revolution. According to recent studies and reports, 3D printing technology will cut construction costs by between 50% and 70%, and cut labour costs by 50% up to 80%. In addition, the technology will help reduce waste produced in construction operations by up to 60%, which will reflect positively on the economic returns of the sector and contribute to sustainable development. Not only does this technology play a fundamental role in the industrial sector but as well as in the production of goods from clothing, machine, equipment and anything that one could possibly think of.

Additive manufacturing or “3D printing” is moving in a progressive direction today and related studies shows that it will sustain expansion in variety of areas in the near future. Complex processes in areas of medical applications, custom parts replacement, and customized consumer products—is about to change using the technology of the current trend and the talk-of-the-town in the printing industry: 3D printing. As materials improve and costs go down, other applications we can barely fathom in creating today will become possible.

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