Top 5 Industries That Benefit From 3D Printing

3D printing is one of the most exciting technologies, quickly becoming a staple in many industries. The technology has been around for decades, but it wasn’t until recently that it became more accessible to everyone. You could say that the rise of 3D printing is similar to how everyone viewed computers in the 1960s and 1970s. Here are the top 5 industries that benefit the most from 3D printing.

Dental Care

3D printing is used to make dental crowns, bridges, dentures, and other dental products. Dental professionals can make a more precise fit by customizing the shape to match the patient’s mouth. 3D printing also makes it possible for people who wear dentures or bridgework to eat foods with different textures without having to worry about damage happening to their false teeth or gums. 

While this sounds like it would only benefit people who wear false teeth, the truth is that anyone with bad teeth will experience better oral health after having a 3D-printed device. Some companies even specialize in 3D printing teeth aligners and retainers made out of materials such as titanium alloy, which have been proven effective at preventing tooth decay from occurring again after being treated successfully.

Medical Implants

One of the most important uses of 3D printing is in the medical implants industry. Because the technology can create custom implants customized to fit a patient’s anatomy, it has been used to make everything from knee replacements to trachea transplants.

In addition to being able to create customized implants, 3D printing is also outstanding at making multiple copies of them to supply hospitals with enough supplies for their patients. For example, if a doctor orders a custom-made implant for one patient and it turns out that another patient needs one too, using 3D printing technology would help save time and money. It allows you to have an extra copy on hand and save money on shipping costs since both patients live close together.

Medical Devices

The medical industry is another one that has significantly benefited from 3D printing. The technology is used to manufacture custom-made medical devices that are more affordable and accessible, as well as more comfortable for patients. For example, it can be used to create prosthetic limbs for people who have lost arms or legs in accidents or war zones or even just for those born with congenital disabilities such as missing digits.

3D printing also makes it possible to manufacture customized hearing aids or dental implants at much lower costs than traditional manufacturing methods might allow. It can even help us design specialized treatments for rare diseases like cancer, keeping patients alive longer by allowing them access to life-saving medications that would otherwise be too expensive due to high production costs or scarcity of raw materials.


Does your architect want to see what the building they’re designing will look like when it’s finished? Or do they want to know how much the materials will cost to ensure you’ll be getting a good deal? If so, 3D printing is here for you.

With 3D printing technology, architects can create models of any architectural design. These models help architects visualize their designs and show clients what their buildings will look like before construction begins. Since these models are made with concrete or plastic material (instead of clay), they’re also stronger than traditional clay models and won’t break during transportation between offices or homes.

Additionally, 3D printers can be used by engineers at construction sites to test various properties of different types of building materials before they are added to structures being built. It reduces costs associated with manufacturing new prototypes every time an engineer wants another piece tested out on site because once one prototype has been made. All subsequent ones only require minor changes such as color schemes or thicknesses/thicknesses depending on which type we’re talking about here, so this saves both time and money.


Since 3D printing has become so affordable and accessible, automotive companies have used it to make prototypes. Prototypes enable designers and engineers to test their ideas before putting them into production. It lets them work through any design or manufacturing issues before making large parts runs.

Automotive companies also use 3D printing for parts during production. If a feature needs to be replaced on an assembly line, but there is an issue with outsourcing production or getting the item delivered in time for installation on the line. Then a company can print a new one locally instead of waiting for someone else’s schedule or delivery time frame. Many of these parts are made from plastic because they don’t need much strength; they’re mainly used as guides for other parts that require more strength (like metal).

Additionally, many automotive companies now use 3D printers to make tools like jigs and fixtures, which help workers complete tasks faster than ever.

3D Printing Is Becoming Increasingly Accessible

3D printing is becoming increasingly accessible and used in various industries. You can find 3D printers on the factory floor and in hospitals, homes, and small businesses across the globe.

The automotive industry has been using 3D printing for years to create prototypes parts that are impossible to cast or machine from metal. Aerospace companies have also started using 3D printers for their production processes and space travel research.

3D printing is being used in medicine more often than ever before; it’s even being used to create prosthetics directly from an individual patient’s CT scan data without requiring molding or casting steps! The construction industry has also taken advantage of this technology; architects can now construct intricate buildings with near zero waste using contour crafting, which uses multiple machines working simultaneously (each performing different tasks).


3D printing is a revolutionary technology that has impacted our lives in many ways. While there are still hurdles to overcome before you can use it everywhere, we are well on our way to seeing 3D printers become as common as microwaves or dishwashers.

Adam Hansen

Adam is a part time journalist, entrepreneur, investor and father.