3D printing now is nothing but a hot trend these days since you can produce everything with 3D printer machine. It was rare and high-tech in 1984 when it was invented by Charles Hull, moving from theoretical to a reality, but now it’s become cheaper and easy to produce. The products range from small design models to medical organs and experts predicted that it would be commonly used in households in the following years.
HOW DOES 3D PRINTING WORK?
Basically everything starts from designs.The virtual design is made in a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file using a 3D modeling program (for the creation of a totally new object) or with the use of a 3D scanner (to copy an existing object). This scanner makes a 3D digital copy of an object and puts it into a 3D modeling program.
To prepare the digital file created in a 3D modeling program for printing, the software slices the final model into hundreds or thousands of horizontal layers. When this prepared file is uploaded in the 3D printer, the printer creates the object layer by layer. The 3D printer reads every slice (or 2D image) and proceeds to create the object blending each layer together with no sign of the layering visible, resulting in one three dimensional object.
COCA-COLA MINI ME 3D PRINTING
Coca-Cola used 3D printing in a campaign called “Mini Me” in 2013 to promote its mini bottles,a new size of its packaging. Coca-Cola released their mini bottles in Israel and instead paired the new bottles that are with 3D printed mini statues of their customers.
For now, although the technology is pretty mature, but still not many people are accessible and affordable to those products. “Mini Me” campaign required consumers to download Coca-Cola’s app and create the little mini statue of themselves, feeding those mini-me and playing with them. After that, 150 of those people would be chosen to have a real mini statue by 3D printing machine.
IS 3D PRINTING A FAD OR A TREND?
To me it’s absolutely a trend since it already lasted for many years. This technology applies in everywhere and in recent years we can easily see many 3D printing products, such as apparel, food, sculpture and even medical staffs. It not only save us time and shorten the manufacture time but in other words, it can accomplish those sophisticated and delicate commodities as well. I can’t wait to see it become accessible in our home. Imagine that if you are bored with your cloth and don’t know what to wear today, just design one and print it! I hope that day will come soon.