How 3D Printing Can Help Developing Nations?
After several patents for 3D printing expired in 2013 – 2014, the technology became open to the public. Companies have opened to manufacture their own 3D printers. The device has now become open to all. There are also schematics online instructing individuals with the necessary electrical engineering skills to build their own 3d printer at home.
So what help does 3D printing provide to developing nations and to the rest of the world?
- Project Creation
In education, students can use 3D printers to create their projects especially those who are enrolled in technical courses. Those in electrical engineering can develop prototypes for their projects, those in architecture can print their scaled models. Those in the medical field can also print artificial limbs for prosthetic use. People who design jewelry can print their designs before finalizing them into the real thing, this saves them time and effort in creating prototypes. 3D printing is a cost-effective means of producing items that are hard or impossible to come by. For a developing nation, the ability to create new inventions with ease is necessary to fast track any developments.
- It can be an easy means to Repair Items at Home
If you live in a developing nation, you can experience difficulties communicating with the manufacturer of an item you bought. If a physical damage occurs, it can take weeks just to get your item back. Sometimes, authorized repair shops aren’t in your area and you might have to travel to another city for that. And in this case, you will just have to do the repairs yourself, at least those types of repairs that are within the capabilities of a 3D printer. If you broke your drone’s propellers, for example, you can just print a new one for cheap if you have access to a 3D printer.
- A New Means to Make Money and Create New Opportunities
3D printing offers a unique opportunity for those who are interested whether you are from a poor town or a metropolis. You can offer 3D printing as a service for those in your community. Since the machines can be quite expensive and there’s a lot of technical aspects required to understand for the operation of a 3D printer, it’s unlikely to be a common household item any time soon. You can print school projects to decorative items for the home. There are also online websites that offer to print for the designer, they just upload their designs and choose what material the item will be printed on. The printer will take care of the printing, packaging, and delivery of the item to customers who order the model.
- Large Scale Civil Applications
3D printing does not need to be limited to printing small items, building construction has seen its share of its application. 3D printed houses are a thing and it is a fast way to get houses up and running especially for developing countries that need to get houses built quickly to address the problem of homelessness.
- Save Lives in a Pandemic
With the corona virus spreading, medical supplies are running out fast. 3D printing is currently in use to address the growing demand for masks, respirators, ventilators, and other medical items. In places where the items are hard to come by anyone with a 3D printer can print their own supplies by downloading a 3D model, they just need to make sure that the items are medically approved. It seems like a blessing that 3D printers