In the fourth coming years, it is anticipated that 3D technology will dominate the world. As it can be seen by most individuals, the technology of 3D printing is utilized in various fields such as the medical industry, automotive and aerospace among other areas. According to Yossef and Chen (2015), 3 Dimensional Printing (3D) refers to the manufacturing process which involves the building layers for purposes of creating three-dimensional solid objects from digital models. This technology allows for mass customization as well as other complex shapes that cannot be produced through other channels of production.
This technology, therefore, helps in eliminating the process of tool production. It is also associated with the reduction of the waste stream. Due to such benefits, the technology of 3D printing has gained popularity in the diverse fields that have been previously mentioned. In the video that has been provided for this laboratory report, a description of a 3D printed Concrete Castle has been provided and in this film, Andrey Rudenko, a developed 3-D concrete printer has provided an explanation to the various aspects that are involved in the technology of 3D printing in concrete works.
According to Rudenko, it had been 2 years since he started toying with the 3D printing idea which he thought was able to construct homes. According to his vision of using the technology, he needed a light and portable stable machine to produce the sections. Having built a small printer by using plastic as the main material, he started his experiments on the enlargement of the printer through the utilization of various mixes of cement. After a journey of two years, Rudenko finally arrived at building the first 3D printed concrete castle in the world.
The building of the world’s first 3D concrete castle required many resources and most individuals thought that Rudenko would not succeed in the project. However, according to him, he was lucky enough to obtain adequate invaluable input and support from other people within the community. At the moment, he states that he is in the process of building redesigning this printer on the basis of the lessons that he had learned in his first attempt. In this case, his priority is to ensure that the upgraded printer would be ready for the new project that he has in mind.
From a general perspective, in the film that has been provided concerning the 3D printing technology, I have learned that there are numerous challenges that can be associated with the development and use of this technology just as provided by Andrey Rudenko, the developer of the first 3D concrete castle in the world. First, as stated in the film, one of the major challenges that are faced by the developers and users of this technology is the lack of adequate resources. The cost of equipment and products is extremely high thus posting a great challenge.
It is considerably easy and inexpensive to print using plastic. However, on the contrary, some of the metal printers that are used by large companies can cost many thousands of dollars thus posting a great challenge. Besides, there is a wide knowledge gap using 3D printing. This, in other words, means that as the use of 3D printer technology continues to infiltrate the market, the number of employees with the background knowledge concerning the technology continues to be lower as compared to the number that is expected in the market. Therefore, from an individual perspective, I think that the use of this technology will continue to face challenges of greater heights due to the inadequate persons with the knowledge that can help in the spread of its use in the current market.
Yossef, M., & Chen, A. (2015). Applicability and limitations of 3D printing for civil structures.