It was declared almost a decade ago that a technology would be used to enhance 3D objects by the name 3D printing technology. Within timeframe of ten years, it has found its new age uses and wider technology. Recently, Levis has used the aforementioned technology to create a digital renderings of the denim jacket which would represent a shell of what the "real" thing could look like.
Mr. Paul Dillinger, head of global product innovation at Levis stated that he is enthusiastic of new ability found by the brand. According to him, this would enable them to capture the real essence of a pair of the brand and transform it into a digital collateral. The firm anticipates that by taking up such measure it would be able to cut back cost of both, production and material. Mr. Pauls decision to delve into digital rendering would assist to expand the brand in more forward thinking ways and long term ways than before. The application of the 3D printing market seems to rise at a faster peace with time. It has also found its use in healthcare sector as well.
Recently, Dr. Gaurav Gupta, M.D. Assistant professor of neurosurgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Director, Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery, at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, had successfully inserted a 3D printed skull implant. He conducted a four hours long surgery to implant the skull into the patient by the name Christopher Cahill. According to Dr. Gupta, with the help of 3D printing, three-dimensional objects could be manufactured from a two-dimensional digital file. Therefore, it has become increasingly popular in the production of medical devices because of its precision and accuracy. The doctor has collaborated with medical device company DeputSynthese CMS to utilize 3D printing to develop a customized cranial skull implant. It is composed of a polymer, or plastic, known as polyetheretherketone (PEEK). According to Dr. Gupta, the skull was choses due to its strength, stability, and biocompatibility.
It has been realized by various fashion designers that the global 3D printing market is future of fashion industry. Therefore, Maria Alejandra Mora-Sanchez, Houston based fashion designer has introduced a line of new fashion garments in collaboration with Cosine Additive. The designers expandable 3D printed dress Loom has already started to make waves throughout the textile and additive manufacturing industries. Of late, Mora-Sanchez has secured the coveted James Dyson Award and Red Dot Award for up-coming designers. It was reported by her that 3D printing is the future of fashion. The garments are claimed to be expandable, adaptive, flexible, and above all wearable 3D printed dress.
The abovementioned instances show that with advancement in technology and rise in customization of products have led to growth of the global 3D printing market. A report published by Progressive Markets, titled, Global 3D Printing Market- Size, Trend, Share, Opportunity Analysis & Forecast, 2014-2025 highlight similar trends of the industry.