Like Information Technology, 3D Manufacturing has a broad application across almost every business. As you can see below, it is already changing the practices of many industries:
- Prototyping and short run manufacture are now less expensive and quicker processes.
- Medical prosthetics have become less expensive and can be tailored to suit the individual.
- Architectural models are being produced quicker and at less cost.
- 3D modelling is widespread, with a variety of virtual and augmented reality products emerging.
- In 2015 we saw cars, houses and replacement body parts produced.
- The University of Wollongong has commenced teaching their Masters in Bio-Fabrication degree.
- We have seen fashion designers embracing the technology to produce unique items at a much quicker rate.
- Objective 3D opened the first of their additive manufacturing centres in late 2015. They offer additive manufacturing services to a range of customers starting at individuals through to BHP, Ford, Boeing, Breville and Sunbeam.
- Australian firm, Amaero 3D, provides a range of fabrication options in metals. They even helped in printing the first jet engine!
- Many other Australian companies such as ISCA, Wiltronics, Keech Foundry, Tasman Machinery, 3D Printing Studios, Engineer3D, ModFab, ProZ3d and Me3d are all offering innovative services and/or products in 3D manufacturing.
If you are in a business, we highly recommended that you consider the benefits that 3D manufacturing has to offer. The A3DMA can help you make the most out of this technology by connecting you with the right information and people. Don’t be left behind!