Updated: Nov 16, 2020
On August 18th, 2020, the first 3D-printed house in the Czech Republic is set to be unveiled in Prague. In a world where 39 percent of all carbon emissions come from buildings and construction industries, this gorgeous piece of architecture is vital for future generations. In addition, building this gorgeous little house only took approximately 3 days where most houses take months or even years.
It’s not just these 3D-printed houses; there are many more kinds of new 3D printing technologies that are developing in the World. For instance, scientists have found a way to convert carbon dioxide into concrete using a 3D-printer. Using these kinds of waste to make future products makes our society have more efficient consumption.
In addition, 3D printed artificial organs have been a major part of biological engineering. At the moment, universities, scientists, and researchers across the world are benefiting and developing the research of 3D printed organs. According to a lead researcher, Michael McAlpine at the University of Minnesota, he said that “the organ models we are 3D printing are almost a perfect replica in terms of the look and feel of an individual’s organ, using our custom-built 3D printers”.
Just a few decades ago, 3D printers were only capable for rapid prototyping. But in the decades to come, these 3D printers will be capable of full-scale production.
In conclusion, I think that these new 3D printing technologies have the power to revolutionize the production of goods, from housing to the medical industry and to the coral reefs.