It has been fascinating to see the advancements of 3D printing
and how this innovative technology has positively affected so many
In my view the medical and jewellery industries have benefited
the most out of 3D printing technology. I've read about how
prosthetics can now be created and printed at the click of a button
and how easy it is to bring any of your dream jewellery designs to
life. A simple Google search will have you reading many stories
about how 3D printing has changed lives. You will quickly find
headlines such as "7 Year Old Thankful for 3D Printed Bionic
Arm This Thanksgiving" and "3D Printing Aids 5 Facial
In October I had the pleasure of attending a forum called the
"Technology of Tomorrow" hosted by Females in Information
Technology and Telecommunications, an association I am glad to have
discovered and am now proud to be a part of. 3D printing was a big
part of the discussions of the day. It was obvious that more and
more people were becoming seriously interested in the idea of being
able to print almost anything and wanted to know more about it.
The medical and jewellery industries are obviously not the only
areas that have advanced on 3D printing – 3D printers can
print almost anything. With the technology advancing so rapidly one
has to cast a thought over the legal repercussions that 3D printing
may bring – think weapons, drugs and the effect on the
manufacturing industry. Obviously there are many different factors
to take into consideration when we consider the future of 3D
printing and many legal and moral arguments and discussions to be
had – so watch this space!
If you have a business in the medical or jewellery industry,
have you considered how 3D printing might change the way in which
you do business? Have you considered purchasing a 3D printer?
I'd love to hear about your experiences in this ever evolving
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