The Future of 3D Printing Will Blow Your Mind!

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3D printing companies like Makerbot have already come a long way in advancing the technology of 3D printing; allowing the manufacture of everything from home furnishings to transplantable human organs. In this video from Fw:Thinking, Jonathan Strickland talks about the present and future of 3D printers.

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[TRANSCRIPT]:
Soon you may be able to create a kidney with a copy machine.

How would you like to download a coffee table? Or at least a digital model of a coffee table that you could customize any way you like so it fit perfectly in your living room and then you just print it out. I’m not talking about a picture of a coffee table. I’m talking about an actual, physical three-dimensional object that lives in your living room. Well it’s all possible. It’s the world of 3D printing and it’s going to change everything. It’ll redefine the way we think about innovation, design, manufacturing, distribution. Everything about buying and selling tangible goods from here to Mars.

Simply put, 3D printing is the process of making three-dimensional, solid objects out of 1’s and 0’s from a digital file. 3D printers bridge the gap between the digital and physical worlds. It uses very thin layers of plastic, measuring just a few microns, as thin as a sheet of copy paper, to build an object from the bottom up.

This is additive manufacturing. It creates a new item by adding only what is needed. Unlike other forms of manufacturing where the excess is carved, cut or melted away, leaving a ton of waste. And 3D printing isn’t limited to plastics. Already, you can print stuff to glass, metal, food, organs – I’m not talking about the musical instrument, I’m talking about human tissue. I kid you not! A couple of years ago there was a guy who demonstrated he could print human kidneys using living cells as ink. We’re talking about the ability to create transplant organs with a 3D printer. And this isn’t the future we’re talking about – we’re talking about right now!

I mean we’ve come a long way from the 1980s when a bunch of do-it-yourself nuts decided to kickstart 3D printing. Today, you and I, you know, people who have real jobs, we can actually go out and buy one of these things for like, a thousand bucks. Forbes estimates that it’ll be a five billion dollar industry by the year 2020. And as these printers become more popular, the price comes down, which means consumers like me and you can afford to buy one ourselves.

Or have a friend print one out for us.

Once we get to the point where we can print circuitry directly, you print one printer that prints another printer, and it’s game over. We’re talking limitless customization.

You could even scan your entire body and print out your own action figure. Or in my case, an inaction figure.

NASA’s using 3D printers to make repairs on space equipment. They use a process called selective laser melting, or SLM, that they use to create a nickel alloy to repair everything like the J2 rocket engine.

I mean, this is the promise of 3D printing! We can make our lives as customized as we want, print any object you can imagine, and have it in your hand in just a matter of hours. And in the immediate future, it could mean that astronauts are able to print our repair parts for space craft or space stations, which are pretty important when you’re months away from a rescue mission. I mean, imagine what it would’ve been like if Apollo 13 had a 3D printer on board.

But then we wouldn’t have had Tom Hanks in space…
soon you may be able to create a kidney with a copy how would you like to download a coffee table or at least a digital model of a coffee table that you could customize any way you like so it fit perfectly in your living room and then you just print it out I'm not talking about a picture of a coffee table I'm talking about an actual physical 3-dimensional object that lives in your living room what's all possible it's the world of 3d printing and it's going to change everything it'll redefine the way we think about innovation design manufacturing distribution everything about buying and selling tangible goods from here to Mars simply put 3d printing is the process of making three-dimensional solid objects out of ones and zeros from a digital file 3d printers bridge the gap between the digital and physical worlds it uses very thin layers of plastic measuring just a few microns as thin as a sheet of copy paper to build an object from the bottom up this is additive manufacturing it creates a new item by adding only what is needed unlike other forms of manufacturing where the excess is carved cut or melted away leaving a ton of waste and 3d printing isn't limited to plastics already you can print stuff in glass metal food organs not talking about the musical instrument I'm talking about human tissue I kid you not a couple of years ago there was a guy who demonstrated he could print human kidneys using living cells as ache we're talking about the ability to create transplant organs with a 3d printer and this isn't the future we're talking about we're talking about right now I mean we've come a long way from the 1980s when a bunch of do-it-yourself nuts decided to kick-start 3d printing today you and I you know people who have real jobs we could actually go out and buy one of these things for like a thousand bucks Forbes estimates that it'll be a five billion dollar industry by the year 2020 and as these printers become more popular the price comes down which means that consumers like me and you can afford to buy one ourselves or have a friend print one out for us once we get to the point we can print circuitry directly you print one printer that prints another printer and it's game over we're talking limitless customization you could even scan your entire body and print out your own action figure or in my case an in action figure NASA is using 3d printers to make repairs on space equipment they use a process called selective laser melting or SLM that they use to create a nickel alloy to repair everything like well the j2 rocket engine like this is the promise of 3d printing we can make our lives as customized as we want print any object you can imagine and have it in your hands just a matter of hours and in the immediate future it could mean that astronauts are able to print out repair parts for spacecraft or space stations which is pretty important when you're months away from a rescue mission I mean imagine what it would have been like if Apollo 13 had had a 3d printer on board but then we wouldn't have had Tom Hanks in space

The Future of 3D Printing Will Blow Your Mind!

40 thoughts on “The Future of 3D Printing Will Blow Your Mind!”

  1. 3-d printing is an innovation that enable us to make old objects in a new fancy way. Let's innovate, bacause we need a poor quality trash, that we could obtain just by any other simpler way. Lets print coffee tables, because the old way of making coffee tables was to cheap! So what it will not make us actually innovate – those gimmicky stuff is fun!

  2. 3D printing will change our world beyond any other invention since the creation of the computer! once it is efficient enough, you can download food off the net and eat it, use scanning to reuse waste for material for other printing and there goes garbage problems, also transportation over the internet. scan yourself in russia and print yourself at india! no more cars or planes or trains which will help with pollution and fuel problems, save space that is wasted on roads and tracks and beaming people and other things directly to space so goodbye problem of escape velocity!

    the only question is how this will affect the economy since food stores for instance will cease to exist and anyone could print money etc.

  3. D: Forget robots, the printers will take over. The printers will print new printers, that will print out nano printers. Its gona be printagedon!

    No but im realy exited for this. When people can print out food, water stuffs at home. We have to start looking away form money all together. Why should people not have a printer, we can just print out the printers for them.

    The thing is the materials needed to print out other stuff. But what if we can manipulate atoms. Just put a printer in a room, and the printer will rebind the very air into stuff and things. I wonder, if these things could even be able to power themself at some point. 😀
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    Another thing that would be interesting is if we can make holograms. Now witht he whole VR thing, we may be able to use a google earth ish thingy to make a "game" where people can walk anywhere in the world. And with holograms, a person may be able to visit somone on the other side of the planet. This is probably a dream still, but I do have great hopes for the future.

  4. I love how you (and your team) dream, and i love how you open the people's minds, videos like thhis is pretty much useful for new inventors. But PLEASE (and i'm asking this very kindly), when you talk "pseudo-science" please be proper. I insist: 4D is TIME and a 4D printer would basically require a black hole: call it 3D smart, active3D but don't go calling stuff wrongly, it will make you look stupid (and you totally are not). Keep it in mind. Cheers.

  5. Just had to say, we are actually past the point of printing electronics now. Well at leasr AT the point of it. Not sure how many months or so ago it was, but they printed a metal paste that acts as circuitry. Its pretty awesome.

  6. The difference between a machine that squirts out little threads of melted plastic, and the kind of technology that can rival a Star Trek Replicator is so vast that is makes an abacus and the worlds most complex supercomputer look like the same technology.
    3D printing is enormously over-hyped. A real replicator would have to work at the molecular level. Current 3D printer technology works at a level about 1-2 millions times larger, and can only assemble a shape out of a few  materials from a very narrow range of choices.

  7. When you think about it there is only one true 2d printer, I say this because the ink printers that you have in your home actually lay down matter, now the printer isn't designed to make a table but there is still matter layed down, you could sit there and spend hundreds of hours just trying to make a structure a few millimeters high, but it still uses matter. now the only printer I know of that actually is 2d is a receipt printer, because this actually uses a chemical reaction started by heat to make this, now when it chemically changes it it probably will warp the paper a bit or cause swelling or shrinking, it definitely would cause it to expand due to heat, but you really couldn't heat it and do this over and over again and cause it to grow, but there maybe more printers like this but maybe not. so there really is one 2d printer.

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  9. Many people are already using one 3d printer to print parts out for other 3d printers. I my self have a 300$ one called a Printrbot Simple. I think it is pretty neat what some people are doing with this technology

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