Curious to see what the future of 3D printing holds? Technology has certainly evolved by leaps and bounds over the past decade and one of the biggest innovations in the field is the 3D printer. The concept behind a 3D printer is pretty straightforward: using a template, the printer can build a replica layer by layer, from materials such as metal and durable plastics. There virtually are no limits to what you could print. As long as you have the template and a big enough printer, you can print a 3D version of anything you want. In theory, at least. Until now, the technology has been successfully used to print out shoes, fabrics, car replicas, phone cases, clocks, coffee cups, and even an acoustic guitar.
However, the industry of 3D printing does not stay in place, and is constantly moving forward discovering more and more features and covering more areas in which a 3D Printer might come in handy. Let’s check this list of things that may be able to be printed by 2020. Companies like Stratasys, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS), 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) and ExOne Co (NASDAQ:XONE) may be prominent players in these creations, but it’s too early to tell.
Let’s take a look.
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Fabrics are already successfully printed out using 3D printers, although it is difficult to say that this particular technology has become mainstream. However, several designers have already started experimenting with these printers, with varying degrees of success. As technology continues to evolve, it is safe to assume that 3D printing high fashion clothes will become a common way of manufacturing in the near future. Given the cheaper cost, this technology would have a profound impact of the world of fashion.
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