3D print technology is already making its mark across the industry spectrum. Here are some examples of how and where business practice is changing due to the advancement that the technology can bring.
From innovative and relatively inexpensive tooth correction and car parts to customised safety products and haute couture, there are many uses for 3D print innovation.
Old dentistry out, 3D print in
One example of a novel 3D print technology idea using polyurethane that has caused high disruption to a well-established industry is the
Invisalign orthodontic treatment device.
The firm’s 2015 annual report posted sales close to $850m – although this includes scanner used to create CADs for 3D printing the end product.
Align Technology pioneered the invisible orthodontic device in 1999 and by 2001 a million customised clear aligners had been manufactured.
According to the Deloitte report, 3D Systems was producing 50-60K units per day in 2012.
Equus Automotives’ Ford Mustang-like Equus BASS 770 car combined stereolithography, fused deposition modelling and selective laser sintering 3D print processes in its production.
Using its proprietary…