The Future Is Now: 5 Ways 3D Printing Is Changing the World

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The Future Is Now: 5 Ways 3D Printing Is Changing the World

3D printing has been around longer than most people think, and it’s evolved a lot since 1984. Contemporary 3D printers have opened the doors to unique solutions never thought possible outside of science fiction. With the devices themselves becoming more affordable and practical with each passing day, every household will soon have the means to make life a lot more convenient.

11. Design: Architecture and Fashion

18 Jan 2015, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China — Visitors walk past a six-story full-sized 3D printed building in Suzhou industrial park in Suzhou city, east China’s Jiangsu province, 18 January 2015. A villa built by 3D printing technology appeared in the Suzhou industrial park of east China’s Jiangsu Province, on Sunday (18 January 2015). By using the technology, stand-along villas and a six-story full-sized building have been printed out here recently. The walls of these houses were created by giant 3D printers adding successive layers of material to form the shape. The material is made from construction waste. — Image by © Imaginechina/Corbis

HOME CONSTRUCTION

The ever-increasing population has created a demand for affordable housing. 3D printing has not only succeeded in making the most basic houses affordable but in being an eco-friendly alternative to traditional means. A company in China has already built multiple homes a day for only $5000 apiece.

IF THE SHIRT FITS

3d printed sneakers

Clothing is another avenue taking advantage of the technology. At the moment, showy costumes seem to be the main practicality, but the near future brings custom-fitted shirts and pants to people who may not have been able to justify the investment. On top of that, sportswear can be designed for the user to maximize mobility where needed while lowering potential for injury.

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