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By Dennis Spaeth, Electronic Media Editor, Cutting Tool Engineering (CTE)
3D Printing is Changing the
Face of Multiple Industries
3D printing has edged its way into numerous spheres, cementing its growing professional influence.
It seems like you can’t go a week without a news report about how 3D-printing technology is going to change
the world. It isn’t that 3D printing isn’t making waves, but
since the technology was first conceived in the 1980s, its
effects have been concentrated within a few spheres.
Still, those small-scale revolutions have been taking
place in several industries as a result of 3D printing.
Whether for good or ill, the ability to execute digital
designs with the click of a button is a driving force
of innovation and change. Perhaps more interesting,
however, is the breadth of industries worldwide currently
being shaped by this technology. From fashion to
aerospace, the effects of 3D printing are cropping up in
unexpected and exciting ways.
In layman’s terms, 3D printing is a process used to
create a three-dimensional object based on a digital file.
To do this, tiny layers are printed one over the other
until a complete structure is formed. Typically, these thin
layers are made of plastic filament or photopolymer resin.
Working in tiny layers, the object is then built layer by
layer based on the specifics on the digital file.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the more interesting
ways 3D printing has been shaping today’s industries.
The fashion world is never one to miss the chance to
incorporate the new and the daring. The first 3D-printed
dresses began to appear on runways of New York Fashion
Week in 2013, brought forth by the trio of designers
known as threeASFOUR. The dresses were lauded