Seven 3D Printing Technologies Changing the World

Seven 3D Printing Technologies Changing the World

As recently as 2006, 3D Printers were a niche hobby. Very few people knew about them. Their commercial success was questionable as experts couldn’t figure out just how useful they’d be.

Oh, how things have changed in 10 years!

Today’s 3D printers can be used to manufacture anything from automatic weapons to food items. Some of them are smaller than ink printers and cheaper than an iPhone, too.

And with all these innovations, it’s fair to say 3D printing is changing the world in a major way. Read on below to see 7 major examples of how the future will be different thanks to 3D printing!

1. Bioprinting new organs



    Today’s technology can create cells and even full-sized human organs. These can consist of hard tissue, like bones, and soft tissue like skin and muscle.

    The technology isn’t ready to be sold commercially yet – but L’Oreal is already using bioprinted organs to test the safety and efficacy of some of their products.

    In another case study, research from the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine managed to print a jawbone, muscle tissue and a “replica” human ear using a custom 3D bio-printer. The days of buying spare organs from vending machines may not be far off!

    2. 24/7 replacements


      We’re close to being able to print organs – so it’s no surprise we can print mechanical parts easily, too. It’s a lot easier to do than going to the store – and eliminates the need for storing lots of different parts that you may not need.


      Don’t be surprised if, in a few years, you find yourself ordering and printing blueprints online rather than buying spare components for your car and home in stores!

      3. Prosthetics


        Mark Ebeling, leader of “Not Impossible Labs”, has created a hospital with a 3D Printer in Sudan.

        The printer helps people get prosthetics for under $100 – and though they are simple for now, there’s a good chance we’ll see customized, affordable prosthetics available to everyone thanks to printing.

        4. Manufacture new parts underwater or in deep space

        In normal circumstances, it would be unthinkable to manufacture new parts deep in the ocean or out in space. Compact 3D printers change this – and greatly enhance what astronauts can do without having to return back to earth.


        That’s why NASA equipped the International Space Station with one in 2014, later using it to make a wrench in space!

        5. Printers replace kitchens

        Speaking of space – you probably know astronauts don’t get much choice in what they eat out there. A lot of the food comes cold, straight from a tube or can.

        3D printers would change this by allowing people in space to make hot, delicious food without having to cook it outright. If the technology becomes developed enough, it could replace kitchens in a lot of homes and hotels here on earth, too!

        6. Furniture


          Ikea is convenient… But imagine you had a 3D printer that could instantly create all the furniture you needed – and without you having to go anywhere? That would be useful on a whole another level, right?


          Well, believe it or not, 3D furniture is real… And you can 11 beautiful examples of it today! For now, the use of the technology is limited to expensive, high-end furniture manufacturers – but in the future, they’re bound to find a way to let regular people print their own furniture, greatly reducing its price.

          7. Restoring Nature

          3D printing can be used for something even more important than printing furniture: restoring the environment. A Bahranian company is printing coral reefs, 70% of which are damaged or destroyed worldwide, and has already deployed 3D-printed reefs in the Persian Gulf.

          With enough interest, who knows what else we can restore with this incredible technology?



            A few short years from now, 3D printing could save your life – as well as the lives of multiple marine and land species. It could help turn a new, unfurnished apartment into a well-stocked and cozy home in hours.


            Featured photo credit: via

            More by this author

            Vikas Agrawal

            Vikas is the co-founder of Infobrandz, an Infographic design agency that offers creative visual content solutions to medium to large companies.

            What Are Analytical Skills (And How to Strengthen Them For Success) How to Create an Infographic Resume That Will Impress Your Future Employer How I Get Things Done with Only Half of the Time Others Need Writing a Great Value Statement Can Bring In Tons of Money for Your Business All-Natural Tips for Fighting Insomnia and Sleeping Better

            Trending in Design

            1 Create an Eye-Catching Logo to Focus Your Brand 2 9 Beautiful Journals for People Who Love To Take Notes 3 Leaflets and Brochures are Still a Simple and Effective Way to Promote Your Business! 4 5 Things to Know Before You Build Your Dream House 5 Four Best Business Card Printing Sites

            Read Next


            Create an Eye-Catching Logo to Focus Your Brand

            Create an Eye-Catching Logo to Focus Your Brand

            We live in a world where brands surround us. We recognize companies through their logo designs rather than their service or products. Our philosophy is that if it’s a brand, it means it’s good. Why? Because it’s known and recognized by all. Youngsters prefer to wear Nike or Reebok footwear, even if there are the same designs in local companies, just because they will be easily recognized as branded by their friends and family.

            A logo is a statement of a business or a company and a sign of individuality, which distinguishes one brand from another. Even a child would recognize the M of the McDonalds, even from far away. The people use the logo to associate with the brand or the company. Creating and setting up a business is easy, but making it a brand is difficult. To make your business a brand, the most important thing is to create an eye-catching logo design.


            One must think that how difficult would it be to create a catchy logo? It is a major task.

            There is a lot of work that goes into the making of the perfect logo, which is a recognizing factor for people. Here are some of the tips that will help you in creating a logo design that will make your business a brand.


            Gauge the Market

            Study your business or company and see the competitor company’s logo designs. Know the business in and out and write down all the important points and use them to create a related logo design.


            Conduct research about the client and customers and the target market. What is the business about? If the products cater to children then create a colorful and lively logo, while if it is for corporate parties, then create a formal and attractive logo.


            Link It

            Whatever logo you design, keep in mind that it should relate to the company and the nature of business. The logo is used to recognize the brand, so it should have connections with the company’s history and future.

            Use Resources

            There are some applications available for you to download and create a perfect logo. You can use the variety of samples and tweak it a bit to your liking by changing the colors or font.


            Font and Colors

            Always make sure to use bold and striking colors. Study the color therapy and what affect each color has on the onlookers. Choose bright colors for an attractive and appealing logo design. Use creative fonts so that it instantly hooks up the customers.


            Learn Photoshop, Adobe, and Illustrator for that eye-catching logo design. Create a customized logo design with abstracts and images, or choose a picture. You can also make use of solid shapes or go with a flow and retro design. A tagline or your company name or your name initials can also be a logo design. Just incorporate it in a unique way, so it stands out from the others.


            The logo is a signature of your brand; it is one of the company’s most valuable assets. A well-designed logo is the one that exposes your business and communicates your message to the public.  Designing an eye-catching logo is not that simple as it sounds; it demands a lot of creative imagination and out of box thinking.  Whatever logo you design, ask your friends and family to view and ask them their suggestions and change and set it accordingly, as they represent the public. A well-designed logo should represent the true and perfect image of a company to the people. Make sure your logo design represents your brand and has striking effects.

            Featured photo credit: Yuanbin Du via

            Read Next