3D printing is one of the most recent technological breakthroughs that are truly exciting. The potential to change how we not only print but design products are amazing in its scope. Highly efficient and fully able to be customised to any task, it has a variety of uses across many sectors.

In business, the advantages it offers are starting to become fully embraced as companies have the money and machines to do so. But which sectors could it really make its presence felt during the coming years?

The Education sector

One exciting place where this type of printing could be used more and more is Education. Just imagine a teacher being able to print a 3D replica of an artefact to show his History class, rather than merely telling them about it. This way of printing could really help the teaching sector move into the 21st Century and also allow students to get more technical know-how. If schools begin to have 3D printers installed for pupils to use, it could give them valuable hands-on knowledge when moving into a future career.

Pharmaceutical industry

Rather than large batches of standard drugs being produced in labs as now happens, 3D printing could disrupt the Pharmaceutical sector too. Specific drugs could be produced by Chemists that are specific to the person they are being given too. Normal practices do not make it easy to change drug strength, design or colour. The custom solution 3D printing offers do though and this is what makes it so exciting for this industry.

Art and crafts

The world of Art has already begun to use 3D printing but many think it will make an even bigger mark over time. The reason many artists love printing this way is the sheer convenience and creative freedom it offers. They can draw something on paper and then print it in full 3D and in any material they like. Many artists will also use it to turn a flat painting into a full 3D sculpture with the same design on it. With so many creative applications, this is one sector that 3D printing is made for.

Equally, this form of printing can be used in many industries – indeed many sectors already do so, or are beginning to adopt it. Moreover, as the technology develops further, it’s likely to be around for many generations to come.

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