Published on April 10th, 2019 | by Emergent Enterprise0
5 Big Breakthroughs to Anticipate in 3D Printing
3D printing often seems to be overlooked in the world of emergent technologies but as this post from Peter H. Diamandis at SingularityHub shows it will have an expansive impact. It may almost become a case of, “if you can dream it, you can print it.” And, 3D printing could alleviate some of our biggest global problems: hunger, housing, raw materials waste and more. Don’t overlook 3D printing when you look at your company’s future.
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Convergence is accelerating disruption. Exponential technologies are colliding into each other, reinventing products, services, and industries.
Over the course of my next five blogs, I’m going to summarize key insights from my annual CEO Summit called Abundance360 that takes place every January in Beverly Hills. We’ll look at 3D printing, AI, energy and transportation, VR/AR, and blockchain.
Today, let’s dive into 3D printing…
To start us off, let’s get some context on the technology itself.
3D printing (additive or augmented manufacturing) translates digital files into three-dimensional objects by layering material in a process known as additive manufacturing. Printheads release matter in precise orientations that can produce complex structures, ranging from jewelry to three-story homes.
250 materials: Current 3D printers can produce functional part- and full-color objects from over 250 different materials, including metals, plastics, ceramics, glass, rubber, leather, stem cells, and even chocolate.
100x faster: More recently, groundbreaking stereolithography methods have succeeded in producing complex shapes at up to 100 times the speed of traditional 3D printers. Building from a bed of photoreactive liquid resin, the application of different light wavelengths has been found to selectively harden the resin as it’s released and thereby achieve a continuous print. Say goodbye to incremental layering!
90 percent material efficient: Beyond rapid and high-resolution production, additive manufacturing poses extraordinary second-order implications. Promising decimated economic and environmental costs, 3D printing eliminates tremendous amounts of waste, as raw material requirements are reduced by as much as 90 percent.
3D printing further unlocks opportunities for mass customization, democratized production, and systematic perfection. Already, major international breakthroughs in additive manufacturing are accelerating these trends and birthing new convergent applications.
The Next 5 Printing Breakthroughs (2019-2024)
- 3D printing speeds are slated to increase by 50-100X
3D printing rates have typically been limited by (1) how much force a printhead can apply, (2) how fast a printer can heat the material to induce flow, and (3) how quickly the printhead itself can move.