What will 3D printing mean for the future of production? The technology is rapidly maturing, and there's huge potential for the manufacturing industry.
Earlier this year at a SXSW panel on the future of 3D printing
, the consensus was clear: Despite current limitations, the opportunities that 3D printing offers everyone, from the home hobbyist to entrepreneurs to large corporations, will be enormous and often economically advantageous.
Today, 3D printing is used in many incredible ways. You can 3D print a gun
, and NASA wants to 3D print food. Many parts used in unmanned aerial vehicles and about 90 parts used on military F-18s are already 3D printed.
3D Systems -- the world's largest 3D-printing technology company -- has a grant from the US Air Force to help get the service's next jet, the F-35, to 900 3D-printed parts, and NASA is already testing 3D-printed rocket parts
But what can you 3D print, you ask? How about a digital camera? Instructables is partnering with RadioShack to lay out the instructions and parts to provide just about everything you need