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June 16, 2016updated 22 Sep 2016 12:16pm

What is 3D printing technology?

From printing homes or food, to human body parts, 3D printing will change everything.

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3D printing, or additive manufacturing, has the potential to change the world, as humans will no longer rely on manufacturers’ production lines to have what they need or want.

Just like digital printers, 3D printers print tridimensional objects. It is an object that can be used on its own, or be part of a much larger 3D printed network,

For example, 3D printers can be used to print toys, a small soldier for instance. But in the construction industry, 3D printers can be used to build a whole building by combining smaller 3D printed parts.

Examples of this can be seen in Dubai, where the world’s first 3D printed office was built in May 2016, or in China, where a 400 sqm villa was erected using the same technology.

3D printing technology is also posed for a huge uptake in the automotive industry, electronics, healthcare, the home market, and many others.

In the future, 3D printed food is also expected to change menus across the world. A specific example is food on airplanes.

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An Indian startup called The Ninjas, is working on a system, which has been nicknamed as The Sky Kitchen, which allows passengers to "design" their food on the screen in front of them.

Their choice is then sent to a printer on the plane and they will be served exactly what they want.

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