presented by: Darryl Price


3D printing or adaptive manufacturing is making an object that is similar to another or one that has been saved in a computer. In the recent past, the use of 3D printers has taken shape and is now used for different applications. Some range from useful ones to somewhat unimportant like the picture on the left.


It started in the 1980s when it allowed manufacturers to examine prototypes closely and even test them before developing the final product (Brooks, 2012).Nowadays it is still being used for making prototypes and has taken shape in the medical sector and used to fix some human parts like legs through creating artificial limbs and other organs in the body.

medical uses

3D printing has taken shape in the medical sector and is now used for different applications. Some include artificial limbs, ears, lings and many other organs of the body (Shu & King, 2012).

Military use

They can be used by the military in the field to make complex parts that would rather be impossible to get immediately. These parts can just be printed out and used in the field (Reardon, 2012).


3D printers can easily make a copy of what is required eliminating very many procedures of making the actual equipment. This means that the actual equipment might never be made thus rendering the ones in the production industry jobless. This will create unemployment since the manufacturing plant wont be getting the money to sustain its business.


At some point, this creates employment since more and more 3D printers and materials used to print out these objects have to be made somewhere. The people making these printers will at least be employed .


In conclusion, 3D printing has saved people’s lives a lot especially in the medical sector. Lives are no longer lost or rendered incapacitated through the printing of limbs and other organs (Shu & King, 2012). In the military sector (Reardon, 2012), personnel are in a position of printing worn out parts and continue simultaneously with their defense duties. 3D printing has proven to be a technology that has brought a lot of positivity to everyone in the society.


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