The future is here now that there are 3D printing technologies that will allow us to build our three-dimensional designs into real objects that we can use for real-life applications.
The possibilities of the uses of 3D printing are endless. The exhibitors commonly display toy or comic-inspired images like anime or cartoon characters as samples since they are more colorful and recognizable, but the stuff that you can print can be more functional and detailed than merely for fancy kid's toys.
I've first heard of 3D printing a few years ago but have only seen an actual 3D printer in action just last year at an event introducing 3D printing to us organized by one of the event exhibitors b=namely CIM Technologies, and the second time was during a recent event that talked about robotics and how the parts can be made out of 3D printed objects, and that was the first locally manufactured 3D printer created by Justine Gabutan of Puzzlebox 3D.
Since the type of raw materials used for printing can also vary, it is not surprising to soon hear about stronger and more durable materials that can be used for more specialized functions like surgery.
The Philippine 3D Printing and Digifab Expo and Conference 2015 was able to gather leading 3D printing companies to exhibit their products. The event was held last August 7 and 8, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center of SM Aura and showcased different companies that offer 3D Printing and related services. There were plenty of 3D printers on display as well as the many creations that were created using the same machines. I've even seen a few machines that were currently printing some 3D objects. Several talks were also held in conjunction to the expo so that the audience would get a good grasp of what 3D Printing is all about.
We managed to talk to some of the exhibitors and even invited some of them to guest at our Vigattin Radio show at Radyo Inquirer DZIQ 990 AM which we already scheduled for September 12. The people we invited are Erick Chua of Shapecloud.ph, Cedric Ng of Omnifab, Justin Gabitan of Puzzlebox 3D and the founders of Dreambuild 3D.
But they are just some of the many other companies there that offer the same services. I guess we just have to make a closer inspection on what they are capable of, and to compare them side-by-side to see the quality of their outputs, which one gives the most affordable rates, and which one provides better value for our money.
The Philippine 3D Printing and Digifab Expo and Conference 2015 offers a glimpse of the future. I am excited to see how these technologies advances and how quick would the people take advantage of the conveniences of 3D Printing.
I'm sure that it would just be a couple more years before it gets to be on mainstream acceptance. We Filipinos just need a more passionate promotional boost to get our interests at a high. The demand would soon follow, and eventually all similar services would be conveniently at arms length.