Published on December 26th, 2018 | by Emergent Enterprise


7 Game-changing Futuristic Technologies Introduced in 2018

From 3-D metal printing to Gattaca-style DNA reports here’s some of the game-changing futuristic technologies from 2018.

Source: Christopher McFadden,, December 26, 2018

In the early half of 2018, MIT released their review of breakthrough technologies for the year. This included some game-changing futuristic technologies that are set to revolutionize the future.

They have done this since 2001 and 2018’s has some very interesting, and potentially worrying, developments indeed.

From zero-carbon natural gas plant technology to others that are likely to raise some very real ethical concerns for the future, these technologies are bound to redefine the future.

1. Metal 3-D Printing is set to revolutionize manufacturing

Source: Pixabay

3-D printing has been around for a while now but printing anything other than plastic has been expensive and slow. That was until various research centers and companies announced the development of their metal 3-D printers in late 2017 and early 2018.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, for example, announced their development of a 3-D printing method that can make stainless-steel parts twice as strong as traditionally made ones.

Private companies like Markforged and Desktop Metal, both startups, also began selling their own 3-D metal printers at the start of 2018. Both of these companies’ printers are, on average, around 100 times faster than older metal printing methods.

General Electric has also invested heavily in 3-D metal printing that they plan to use to produce larger metal parts for aircraft.

The adoption of 3-D printing for metal parts is set to revolutionize mass production.

Not only will companies be freed from needing to keep large inventories or metal parts but they can start to make lighter, stronger and more complex parts that simply aren’t possible using conventional metal making methods.

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