3D printing is commonly assumed to be limited to plastic and metal, giving the versatile concept less practical use in connection to many industries. But this isn’t true at all, and recent developments have given way for a slew of new materials to choose from, making the already revolutionary method closer to becoming as integral to our day-to-day lives as print-on-paper.
Today, there are machines that allow you to print in platinum, gold, sterling silver and precious plated metal as well as in acrylic plastic and metallic plastic. Other options include brass, bronze and steel, as well as porcelain. Even castable wax and chocolate make the list.
And now, ceramic is an option too. Being able to print in ceramic is an industry breakthrough, as the material is highly difficult to achieve through additive manufacturing techniques due to its anti-corrosive properties, as well as other factors that would typically stymie the process such as resistance to heat as well as its low friction coefficient.
More materials are expected to be added to the list further down the line, so that eventually everyone who has access to a 3D printing machine, whether for consumer purposes or on an industrial scale, will be able to prototype virtually anything.