The 21st century that we live in today is witnessing rapid innovation as a result of newer developments in the field of science, technology, engineering and research. In a matter of time, we went from having immobile desktop commuters to using smartphones, tabs and apps. Thanks to cleaning robots, time allocated to household chores is reduced considerably and smart home devices powered by IoT are making safety have taken comfort and safety to new dimensions. Even investing in digital currency called cryptocurrency, is trending with Bitcoin and Ethereum as an alternative to the regular stock exchanges.
In recent times you must have read about the 3D printing technology making headlines and its impressive impact across multiple sectors. From prototyping a small screw to making customized 3D printed polyurethane car seats by German automaker Porsche, the possibilities with are endless. Let us together discover this new-age tool and impact on societies:
Making New Advents in the Field of Medicine
Using the bioprinting technique, it is possible to print layers of living tissues and cells using bio-ink. Through this, doctors are able to replicate human organs and use them for research or as a cheaper alternative to organ transplant. Ongoing studies has led to the development of human body parts for surgery, such as; skin, eyes, ears, and vital organs such as liver & heart. Lifesaving drugs like pills that are 3D printed are already in the market and are safe for consumption. Even prosthetic limbs are 3D printed, giving a new lease of hope to accident victims and diabetic patients. 3D printing is entering the UAE market in a big way and as per news reported, medical products in Dubai is expected to reach AED 1.7 billion by 2025.
Enhancing Efficiency in Manufacturing
The use of 3D printing in manufacturing is becoming widely accepted. Simply by adding layer upon layer of materials such as plastics or metal, 3D printers are able to develop products that are as competent as the output produced under the traditional way of manufacturing. Unlike the traditional technique where a huge team of skilled labor needs to be deployed on machines, operation of 3D printers is enabled by a single person who starts the machine and the rest is all automated. This brings down the labor cost considerably and thereby reduces the cost of production. Another advantage of 3D printing is that the products can be produced as and when required and there is no compulsion to generate goods in batches. Mass production may not always be beneficial, as the items need a place for storage & warehousing, before they are dispatched into the market and this turns out to be costly.
Adding Meaning to Education
Educators are using 3D printers in classrooms to make subjects more relatable and increase student’s involvement. No matter what content you are teaching, 3D printing makes class interesting. Teachers can print 3D shapes for children to touch, feel and visualize their dimensions instead of showing it as a slide on the PowerPoint presentation. Even the study of our solar system, its 8 planets, and movement around the sun is made exciting by 3D printing models. Also, how boring is it to simply remember dates and study about the different historic events from a textbook. To add meaning and visual delight to this mandatory study 3D printing comes to the rescue. Imaging playing the role of an Egyptian prince with the model pyramids and mummies in the background, just printed using the Mayku educational printer. The Mayku FormBox is a compact 3D printer which is a favorite device amongst IBs and CBSE schools in the Middle East, especially in the GCC. It aims to foster a hands-on approach to STEAM learning by encouraging children to design & make their own learning aids.