Colin Van Sickle – Exploration 1
1.What are the current and emerging 3D printing applications in the manufacturing field?
A current trend that interests me is using 3D printing to aid car manufacturing.
An emerging trend that interests me is biomedical 3D printing. As a student of Chinese language and culture, I am excited to see items like 3D printed breathing masks in response heavy pollution problems.
2. What are the advantages and limitations of 3D printing technology?
Advantages: Design flexibility (low cost of customization), Portable manufacturing
Disadvantages: Can’t challenge current manufacturing industry in scope, lack of a user-friendly mobile application
3. What are the larger implications of 3D printing with regard to manufacturing and the economy?
We can literally 3D print a car and a house for ourselves now.
We should be wary that the growth of 3D printing does not spur unemployment among human factory workers.