3D printing, on the face of it – if you go by the name that is – seems like another, advanced form of printing. It is, of course. But calling it advanced is an understatement, to put it mildly.
Print me a house. And a car while you’re at it
To give you an idea of what 3D printing can do – this year an Austin-based robotics company printed tiny houses, into which someone has even moved in. The company is not alone, of course. A group in Netherlands has completed a sprawling home, printed entirely out of concrete. It’s size? 1,000-square-feet.
And what can be printed is endless – from medical devices, aircraft and automotive parts, cars, prosthetics, to agriculture tools (we cover this in detail below). So, the word “printing” is somewhat of a misnomer. It’s more production than printing really.
According to a recent Global 3D Printing Market Report 2021-2028, the global 3D printing market size said to reach USD 62.79 billion by 2028. Given the advancement in this area, this is a field to explore. Here’s a look at what it is and how one can become a 3D printing artist.