How 3d printing is transforming business


The question isn’t, “What can you 3D print?” Instead, you should be asking, “What can’t you 3D print?”

As the technology for 3D printing objects advances, we will see it become a more practical, efficient and cost-effective solution for developing our everyday products. With this advancement, we will begin to see a wider array of materials — including plastics, ceramics and metals — that will completely transform the time spent making products and the manner in which businesses sell those products.

That’s the future Tracy Hazzard, co-owner of 3D-printing company Hazz Design, foresees. Directed by Tracy and her husband, Tom, Hazz Design has developed over 250 products and generated nearly $1 billion in revenue for their retail clients. Business is soaring for the entrepreneurial couple, and on the cusp of this great manufacturing revolution, the Hazzards believe that 3D printing is going to change the way we do business.

From biomaterials for advanced medical research to 3D-printed food products, the new form of manufacturing is beginning to seep into every industry. Below are just a few examples of how 3D printing is changing the invention, production and dispersion of industrial and consumer products.