Jobs in 3D Printing
3D Printing has gained a maximum of popularity in recent years. With widening applications and increasing jobs, 3D Printing can be the apt field in which one can make a career. Let’s take a look at the various industries that are adopting this method of manufacturing and the job opportunities this field has to offer.
- Education – More and more schools and universities around the world are including 3D Printing as a part of their curriculum, mainly because 3D Printing gives the opportunity to create cheap prototypes and can give students a platform to freely experiment and present their ideas.
- Prototyping and Manufacturing – With prototyping being an integral part of the manufacturing process, 3D Printing has brought in options like Rapid Prototyping (We have a course on it!), which can allow manufacturers to create prototypes of the products in much less time than traditional methods. Though not useful for mass manufacturing yet, 3D Printing is the best solution for rapid prototyping
- Medicine – In the several last years, 3D Printing has been used multiple times in the field of medicine, from bioprinting to prosthetics. It can be used to create metal orthopedic implants, and because of its ability to create porous structures, it can easily integrate with the other bones. Other than that it has been used to create artificial organs and even porous pills that can be easily digested.
- Construction – In the previous blog, we spoke about how 3D Printing can be used to create objects as huge as a house. In the construction industry, 3D Printing is used for extrusion, power bonding, and additive welding. In 2017, an entire residential building was built in Russia only using 3D Printing.
- Art and Jewellery – 3D Printing allows jewelry makers to create single final products of designs using PLA, Gold, or Platinum. Metal D Printing has inspired artists all around the world and is been used to create masterpieces.
- Automotive and Aerospace – 3D Printed parts can be created such that they are really lightweight, but very strong. Hence such parts are the top choice to be used as certain parts in these industries. It gives the makers design flexibility and freedom.
Today 3D Printers can be used anywhere, it’s just a thought that matters. Addidas used it to create a lightweight next-gen shoe – who would think that’s possible!
Its endless applications have created lots of jobs in the 3D Printing industry. Jobs in demand include –
- 3D design – 3D printing relies heavily on designers who can take a product idea and translate it into something that can feasibly be brought to life. Thanks to its growth, 3D printing will create jobs for 3D designers at 3D printing firms, in companies as part of creative teams, and as freelancers.
- 3D computer-aided design (CAD) modeling – 3D printing would not be possible without CAD experts, who have the skills and expertise to convert product designs into digital blueprints that 3D printers need. Along with product designers, there will be a demand for 3D CAD modelers.
- Research and development (R&D) – From 3D-printed shoes to 3D-printed clothes and accessories, 3D printing is the fashion of the future. Just as the 3D printing industry will require more product designers and CAD modelers, jobs will also open up for forward-thinking R&D professionals who understand the intersection of tech and consumer products while keeping an eye on the bottom line. Companies will need people who can find the best way to utilize 3D printing for consumer products at the lowest cost possible.
- Biological and scientific modeling – 3D printing is not limited to consumer products. From prosthetics to human tissue, 3D printing promotes medical advancement and saves lives. As such, the 3D printing industry will need more engineers, designers, and modelers who have a biomedical or scientific background in order to further innovate and produce highly advanced 3D-printed products.
- Architecture/construction modeling – Instead of 2D CAD modeling on paper, 3D printers can produce true-to-life models to better represent what structures will look like.
- Education – What good are these jobs if no one has the qualifications to fill them? To help fill the skills gap, schools are developing (and some have already launched) 3D printing programs at all grade levels. This will open up jobs for educators who can teach the technical and business aspects of 3D printing.
- Lawyers and legal professionals – As 3D printing technologies advance and become more widely accessible, it will be easier for infringers to create, market, and sell products that infringe patents, copyrights, and valuable brands. Growth areas include IP ownership, the scope of rights, licensing, fair use, international rights, and other forms of IP protection.
- Business opportunities – Thinking of starting a business? 3D printing offers opportunities for innovation – not only in creating products but also for entrepreneurship. 3D printing spans all types of technical and design roles, many of which make great business ideas to help others with their 3D printing needs.
This was an overview of the Job Opportunities in 3D printing is, and their advantages and disadvantages. Stayed tuned for further blogs on this topic! To know more about our course on Rapid Prototyping using 3D Printing, call our counselor at 9372941417 now!
Still at student, Arya is going to studying Mechanical Engineering at The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He aspires to be an entrepreneur in the future, and is an intern right now at Text and Clicks. He is very enthusiastic and hard working, and loves adventure.