| The Companies Using 3D Printing In The Most Innovative Ways

Posted in Small Business at 9:00 AM by Loftis Consulting

3D printing is coming closer and closer to the mainstream, with only one thing stopping it from breaking through completely; many people don’t know what it is or how to use it effectively for their business yet. The truth is, 3D printing can be used in a large number of applications, and can seriously help a business to grow and expand where needed.

To give you some inspiration, here are the companies using 3D printing in the most innovative ways!

 

Company #1: DIY Rockets

DIY Rockets is a global space company that was created to lower the cost of space exploration using crowdsourcing. As you can imagine, space exploration is a very pricy feat indeed, but these guys are making it far more affordable with this approach. They have also launched a competition for people to develop 3D printed rocket motors, and the winner can win thousands of dollars. If you fancy your chances, make sure you enter!

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Company #2: MakieLab

With MakieLab, you can design a Makie Doll using 3D printing. They 3D print 10 inch flexible fashion dolls from thermoplastic, and you can have your say on every single feature on the doll.

You can choose all of the features of the doll including eyes, face, jaw, smile, and everything else in between. These dolls are made in London and shipped around the world. They are also popular due to the fact they are environmentally friendly; less waste is produced, and the packaging is made from recyclable materials. They are extremely popular, as you can imagine many children will want dolls made to look just like them or somebody they love/admire.

 

Company #3: Hasbro

Hasbro is working to develop and commercialize 3D printers this year for children’s toys and games. Hasbro has a range of children’s franchises, including My Little Pony and Sesame Street. The company says that 3D printing has endless potential to bring incredible new experiences to children – when you think about it, they are absolutely right!

 

Company #4: American Pearl

America Pearl is the place you want to visit if you’re looking to create a unique piece of jewelry. With their 3D printing techniques you can begin choosing metals, gems, diamonds, and more, depending on what you want your item to look like. A mold is used to create the jewelry, after which highly effective 3D printers with powerful stepper motors are used to bring the item to life. You could have your piece of unique jewelry in just a few days. Bear in mind this type of jewelry costs hundreds of thousands of dollars!

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Company #5: Ford

Ford has been using 3D printing technology since the 80s, and they continue to enjoy using it to this day. They recently teamed with 3D Systems Sugar Lab on Valentine’s day to 3D print an edible 2015 Mustang model, made from chocolate and sugar. Ford has plans to continue using 3D printing in future, including direct metal printing. However, they haven’t given too many details away!

 

Company #6: Nike

3D printing has helped to grow Nike substantially recently, with many parts of their ever popular shoe collection being created with the help of this techniques. The Nike Vapor Laser Talon has a 3D printed plate and cleats made from selective laser sintering technology, while the Vapor Carbon Elite also has parts produced with a 3D printer. Who knows, your shoes could be made with 3D printing in the future?!

 

Company #7: Boeing

Boeing is one of the earliest companies to use 3D printing technology. They have made more than 20,000 3D printed parts for 10 different military and commercial planes – not something to be sniffed at. Using Stratasys 3D printers, the company also printed an entire cabin. Imagine, an entire cabin created using 3D printing! Soon, whole planes could be constructed using the method – we’re guessing.

If this doesn’t prove that 3D printing can be used in an unlimited number of applications, nothing will. 3D printing is already being used in garment creation, aircraft creation, jewelry making, car part making, toy making, and so much more. How could you use 3D printing to help grow and expand your business? Think outside of the box and you will come up with something special!

What do you think of these companies and how they are using 3D printing in innovative ways? Have you used 3D printing, or do you plan on using it in the future? Leave your own thoughts and ideas below. Come back for more exciting information soon!

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