There’s no doubt that we are only beginning to understand how many ways 3D printing can be used. Here are 5 companies excelling in this emerging industry
The many opportunities now available with the advent of three-dimensional printing are truly amazing, exciting and innovating. For engineers, 3D printing is a way to examine a piece of machinery before paying for the manufacture of a unique die-cut part. For entrepreneurs, it’s a way to show investors a prototype or a comprehensive model. And for artists or designers, it’s a creative method to cast a unique piece for a client or themselves.
For a better understanding of the possibilities of 3D printing, consider some of these businesses and products that are making their mark in the early days of this revolutionary application.
1. A flexible forerunner in Shapeways
Shapeways is an organization that will produce the 3D model of your dreams in metal, plastic and many other types of materials. Flexibility is the key for this NYC-based company. They offer a community of designers for people with an idea but no artistic ability or access to a 3D printer for potential artists to bring their designs to life.
The company “prints,” or technically creates, objects in fifty materials, from platinum and gold to porcelain and plastic: even sandstone. It also offers apps for people who want to create their own cookie cutters, key chains or personalized jewelry.
2. Formlabs’ sensible solution