Who knew the loud dot matrix printers of the 1980s, complete with their perforated-edge paper, would give way to sleek 3D printers that can create items ranging from weapons to medical equipment? Let's take a look at how 3D printing works and how far the technology has come since its recent inception.
2013 was an outstanding year for 3D printing, with share prices of the listed companies doubling or more, conferences on the subject proliferating, and media attention exploding. So what does the year ahead hold for the industry?
Designed to overcome the strength limitations of other 3D printed materials, the MarkForged Mark One 3D printer is the world's first 3D printer designed to print composite materials. Now you can print parts, tooling, and fixtures with a higher strength-to-weight ratio than 6061-T6 Aluminum.
The future of 3D printing is firming up as it moves from do-it-yourself tinkerers to key players selling complete consumer solutions. This shift brings important ecological and socio-economic implications.
Organovo announced that they are joining together with two institutes from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help scientists develop more reliable tools for bringing safer, more effective treatments to patients on a faster timeline.