As the technology continues to penetrates the mainstream, more and more companies are experimenting with 3D printers in innovative ways.
Here are a few companies making waves and breaking grounds while they do:
General Electric made big investments in 3D printing in their quest to produce more than 85,000 fuel nozzles for the new Leap jet engines. They also recently acquired 3D company, Morris Technologies with a goal to produce 100,000 additive parts by 2020.
An early adopter of 3D printing technology, they have made more than 20,000 3D printed parts for 10 different military and commercial planes. They have also printed an entire cabin using Stratasys 3D printers.
3D printing car parts since the 1980s, Ford recently printed its 500,000th part with a 3D printer, which was an engine cover for the new Ford Mustang. As you may remember, they also teamed with 3D Systems Sugar Lab to 3D print an edible 2015 Mustang model.
Big fans of the tech, Nike made 3D printed cleats for the 2014 Super Bowl with plans to extend its use of 3D printing in future products.
This jewelry company is enabling customers to create a unique piece of jewelry by choosing specific metals, gems, or diamonds, ordering them online, and then 3D printing the mold using a Solidscape T-76 3D Printer… For a fair price of course.
Having recently partnered with 3D Systems, the company is in the process of developing commercialized 3D printers later this year for children’s toys and games. 3D printed My Little Pony anyone?
3D Systems has also partnered with Hershey’s to make a 3D printer for chocolate and other edible products.
These guys are 3D printing custom consumer-created 10 inch flexible fashion dolls from thermoplastic. Customers can choose all of the features of the doll: face, eyes, jaw, smile, hair, and more before they are shipped around the world.
Where others are focusing on printing, Matter.io is looking to capitalize on the vast world of 3D printing designs on the web by making it easier to make, download, and share designs.
Source: Tech Republic