Surprising Facts About 3D Printing Technology

3D printing technology is the newest and most exciting development in recent years, right?

Wrong!

Here’s our first fact for you: 3D printing has been around since 1984. Many industries have used it for decades to create affordable prototypes for new products. It’s only since the 2010s that companies and individuals are using 3D printers for other purposes.

What else don’t you know? Keep reading for more fascinating facts about 3D printing.

1. 90% of All Jewelry Is 3D Printed

Those swirly earrings you love? The links on that gold chain around your neck? Chances are they were made using 3D printing software and technology.

Traditional jewelry-making methods often involved handcrafted wax carvings and casting molds in precious metal. Now, 3D printers allow jewelers to create incredibly intricate designs in a fraction of the time.

Do you have your own ideas for jewelry or other small items? Find more information here about getting them 3D printed.

2. 3D Printing With Moon Dust

Yes, you read that right. NASA has recently teamed up with a research team at Washington State University to experiment with a 3D printing material that is (literally) out of this world.

With space travel going mainstream and rapid advances in technology, it won’t be long before the goal of a lunar base is realized. Researchers hope to find a way to use 3D printing technology to build a moon base constructed of local materials.

3. You Can Have Your 3D (And Eat It Too)

Can you imagine having a 3D printer in your kitchen that could print entire meals on demand? We might still be a few years away from that, but the food industry has already found innovative ways to 3D print food products like pasta and chocolate.

One company in Silicon Valley has successfully 3D printed gooey, cheesy pizza. Restauranteurs in Tokyo are printing futuristic 3D sushi. Researchers are also looking at the possibility of 3D printing “space food” for astronauts during longer missions.

4. There’s a 3D Printed House in Dubai

Dubai is always on the cutting edge of the latest technologies, so it’s no surprise they recently won the Guinness World Record for the largest 3D printed building.

The “house” is actually a two-story integrated building project made entirely on-site (outdoors) and from local materials. It stands 31 feet (9.5 meters) tall with a total area of 6,800 square feet (640 square meters).

While this is impressive enough, it’s only the start of Dubai’s global initiative for 3D printing strategy. Their ultimate goal is to construct 25% of Dubai’s buildings via 3D printing by 2030. This would save up to 80% in labor and construction costs while reducing waste by as much as 60%.

Fun Facts About 3D Printing Technology

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