Watching Star Trek as a kid (reruns of course!) was just amazing. All those cool gadgets they had made me want to be on the Star Ship Enterprise. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we had those gadgets? Well, with Additive Manufacturing, we can start to see the future now.
Additive Manufacturing is all the rage in the news lately. Even though this industry has been around for over 30 years, it is now becoming mainstream. Additive Manufacturing is expected to grow to a $300 Billion business by 2030.
“We have seen 3D printing begin to have a secure impact in design and manufacturing of a product. The biggest impact the 3D printing has is on prototyping of products and what we are seeing is in actual products that are used in real life,” says Greg Eden of Autodesk.
Additive Manufacturing is having a huge impact on how manufacturers look at product design. This industry has grown over 26% in the last year alone. Medicine, dentistry, construction, automotive, and aerospace are all using this technology right now and its use will only become more widespread.
The International Space Station even has a 3D Printer onboard to make parts that are needed for fast fixes to problems that pop up. Parts can be created that are stronger and more lightweight than ever before. For example, an aluminum part can be made with the strength of steel using this process.
Design is limited by only the imagination with this technology, unlike conventional technology where you are stuck with particular challenges of the equipment being used.
I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this growing industry. Yesterday’s science fiction is now today’s reality.