In 1938 the first ever message written through a photocopied page was “10-22-38 Astoria”. It was followed by the way modern, Xerox machine after 50 years which revolutionised the document copy system. With the development of more advanced copying machines, the business industry grew up at a higher rate. The duplication of the document was more developed with development in computers and finally it has revolutionised as 3-D printing. Today you can print more than just words and pictures. The simply printed document is changed to printing precise objects e.g. artificial human bones. The progress in technology in printing to 3D printing is a lot faster than Xerox development.
3D printing enables a user to create a quicker and inexpensive prototype of any idea into existence. The tools used in 3D printing are highly adjustable and can be customized according to a personal choice. This technology has gained popularity due to its accurate and precise output. For now, many start-ups are putting their effort to find better and more realistic technology to be utilized in the printing industry.
— 3D Printing Industry (@3dprintindustry) December 26, 2016
Following startup are working hard to change the shape of printing future.
XJet is a 3D company which creates metallic parts by nanoparticle jetting, introduced in May 2016. Although this idea of metallic printing is not new what makes XJet unique is that this Israel-based company uses liquid metal to be loaded into the printer by hand and used as a tool for metallic parts making. The similar metallic printer uses dust filling which is hard to work with, and it never gives accurate results. This idea of metallic printing has changed the manufacturing industry by a direct, straightforward and cost efficient approach by inventing XJet.
— Dental Brands (@dental_brands) November 28, 2016
Organovo is a biotechnology startup which is based on 3D printing of biological products such as human bones and tissues. The company is not new; it was founded in 2007, but its progress had reached to an exceptional level in 2016 when they started creating human-like tissues which were functional too. These tissues and bones are to be part of scientific researches. Organova is still under development to build human organs, which if become successful will revolutionize the medical proceedings in future for the artificial organ transplant.
— 3D Printing (@3D_Printing_it) January 29, 2014
Spuni is an exciting startup which is related to kids. As per personal choices by children, Spuni helps to design a customized baby spoons. It is created by two genius graduates of MIT. It has been tested, verified and approved as safe for baby’s use. Spuni has gained much popularity over the internet and its first batch is to be delivered within this year.
— Spuni (@getspuni) June 21, 2016
Shapeways is a virtual 3D printer which was first launched in 2007. It is a simple yet helpful solution to print different shapes which enables every common user to build a virtual model of their design and print it. Various experimentation on shapeways has gained attention such as sterling silver jewelry printing and world’s smallest Rubik cube print. It is a great setup to join for creative people whether in arts or technology. Shapeways will give them a presentable representation of their artistic ideas into the real world.
— Shapeways (@shapeways) December 18, 2016
Tecnologia Humana 3D
It is from Brazil which uses 3D technology to create customizable 3D-printed orthotics. Through their technology parents-to-be can view their baby feutus in 3D. It is a 3D printed ultrasound, another milestone in knowing whats coming. Another aspect which they also use in marketing is that blind parents can now feel their unborn baby.
Pirate 3D is a Palo Alto-based company which aims to bring 3D printers to every house and office. The company’s Buccaneer desktop printer 3D is enabled to print wirelessly from any electronic computing device such as Android phone. It is cost efficient and user-friendly which is shown from its market price which is no more than $350, which is cheaper than a latest iPhone.