Printers of the future

The industry of printing has evolved from basic printers into the current advanced technology making a difference in our day to day life. We have expanded into using 3D printing through innovative and continuous research and development. Especially with the growth in chemical engineering and nanotechnology, the printing industry has developed in recent years. Companies researching aim to reduce the financial investments involved with printing services. Having developed a unique singular machine, printing devices are now made with multifunctional features of faxing, copying, scanning. This helps to save time by limiting the need to access several machines. It also helps to reduce the space needed to accommodate these machines, as well as the money that needs to be invested in them. Printing services in Australia currently offer up to date printing technology. 

Advancement in Printing Technology

High-quality printing is now available, giving industries the power to have an in house printing setup. With the advancements in digital technologies in the inkjet and toner industry, printers have been introduced into the business world providing them with high-quality prints. Printers have made our lives very easy and with the invention of the computer printer, our daily lives have been made easier. We can now get a copy of a physical document within seconds. You can even print business cards with ease.

So far the printing industry has developed so much, that even printers have become useful for adoption in domestic purposes, including in homes and offices. We now have printers available such as based LED, laser-based and 3D printing. The new technology-based printers require very low maintenance and consume a low amount of energy. As this technology is still in the initial phases, many more developments are yet to come to be distributed publicly. The mechanism used for high-quality printing is intricate and digitalisation has provided infinite possibilities to print objects in the future. 

3D Printing

3D printing is used to create 3-dimensional objects using a plastic resin. Additive manufacturing is another name for 3D printing, which involves addition or deposition of materials in specified pre-defined shapes and structures. As this type of printing is based on advanced technology, 3D printing will one day become very cheap and easily accessible to consumers. 

With microtechnology and nanotechnology developments, photonics-based and conductive ink-based 3D printing has become possible. These printing techniques, based on light, chemical and acid-based washing have created new possibilities in the printing industry. Inks created by nano science are conductive and have created circuits. With constant evolution in technology and inks used, micro-level and nano-level innovations can be said to be one of the greatest developments in printing. 3D prototypes created so far are now used in several industries, including the automotive and defence industries for creating hinges and gears.

Application of 3D Printing

In the pharmaceutical and medical industries, scaffolding can be created through 3D printing. This can be used for cell growth and regeneration. 3D printing of cells, for creating human body parts such as ears, cartilage, bones and skin tissues is now available. It is used in regenerating scaffolds for research and studies in regenerative medicine. As these printing scales are possible at a micron and nano level, defined, intricate shapes and patterns of cell scaffolding is possible. With aviation, construction, electronics, automation, food and the pharmaceutical industry we have seen the 3D printing world create whole construction blocks, digital devices and electronics. 

The future of printing and 3D printing is about equipping homes with advanced printers for domestic purpose and usage. With the rise in polymer science and developments in new polymers in this area of 3D printing, it is expected that there will be increased availability and accessibility in the future. These printers can then be widely used in homes, offices, labs and construction sites.