3D printing has been around for quite some time, but has evolved immensely and has grown in popularity over the years. During Covid-19, 3D printing made a vital impact on the healthcare industry by providing hospitals with masks and personal protective equipment for frontline workers to utilize. There was a mask shortage for a period of time earlier in the pandemic and 3D printed masks were a solution to this issue. 3D printing uses a design thinking process which seeks to empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test products. Your ideas can be saved into a digital library and will be stored there forever, allowing you to see your designs before they are produced. Having these designs on file is great for prototyping different machine parts and house layouts, or simply letting yourself be creative and expressive.

Products can range from creating prosthetics for amputees, bioprinted tissues and organs for doctors, instruments like a guitar or violin, jewelry, home decor, gifts, architecture, to figurines, and so much more! You can gather inspiration from your personal interests/hobbies and create 3D printed products through modeling it first online and then eventually printing it with the right technology.

3D printing has been used to create products to make things more convenient like a chip scooper to get the last pringle out of the container, or a cup holder for a large hydro flask that doesn’t fit in the one the car provides. You can really create anything you dream of through 3D printing and it’s an industry that is slowly but surely growing, and 3D printed products are used by different businesses or corporations for an array of purposes.

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