“Revolution” seems to be the most appropriate word to describe this object. You have heard about the 3D printer, but do not know what it is? I will try to shed some light on one of the inventions that will revolutionize our lives, as solutions lab.
On the edge of an industrial revolution
Experts believe that the 3D printer will completely change our lives. Previously used only in the aviation industry to create prototypes, it is now accessible to everyone. Imagine a machine that can create any object using a computer. In a society where one-to-one marketing has become widespread, this concept can be scary to the entire commercial industry. Companies specializing in marketing organize conferences to inform their clients.
What can you do with a 3D printer?
On the internet, you can find designs and codes of object models. Using materials such as plastic, wax, plaster, and others, you can create a real physical object by stacking layers of materials. The prices of these revolutionary machines start around € 250, but are dropping… A real industrial revolution awaits us! Imagine being able to create objects at home, without having to go to a store. A part for your broken washing machine, a mug, a guitar, gold jewelry, makeup, a surfboard, shoes, glasses…
An opportunity for businesses and students
La Poste (the French mail service) is one of the first companies to have offered self-service 3D printers in their stores. Originally intended for professional clients, the concept has attracted students of design and engineering. They see a huge opportunity in this offer: they show up at the stores with digital files that are processed into real 3D objects. Architects can present a 3D home to their customers, who are delighted at being able to imagine themselves there. Individuals are also excited about being able to create customized mobile phone covers and cardholders.