People had already started talking about 3D-printing in the 1970s. In 1981, Japanese Hideo Kodama as published the first patent for the device, which he invented, and which used a UV light to harden photoreactive polymers. Like other early forms of additive manufacturing, the idea was that the technology would be useful for creating models and prototypes. Only three years later, in 1984, a team of French inventors led by Alain Le Mehaute applied for first patents on the stereolithography method, which is still widely used today.
We will not go further on the topic of the different methods of printing and focus more on opportunities of such machines. During the last ten years of the previous century, there were many developments in this sphere. In general, it all depends on software. Thanks to a combination of hardware and software, it became possible not only to print something but also to create digital models, which afterward could be printed out.
The opportunities to create a digital model with all the necessary small details can be very useful in the fashion industry in creating jewelry and other possible accessories. Another area where it could be undoubtedly valuable is architecture. Just imagine it to be possible to build a house using only a 3D-printer. What if 3D printing could make cars, rockets, and planes? In this case, people will have to create a model using a computer software, and the 3D printer will do the rest of the job.
Given the fact that in the areas of materials for printing 3D-printers are continually being developed, and the printing itself becomes faster and cheaper, it is already being used in the most diverse spheres of life. Therefore, in the close future, we expect a significant rethinking of many processes of production. Naturally, things will become more accessible and unique. And this can completely change both the world economy of consumption and our everyday life.
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