The following is a guest post.
What you get when a 3D printer gets artificial intelligence!
Many tech giants around the world are working hard to combine some of the most disruptive technologies of the modern world to find out how we can change what the future holds. The baseline is that you give 3D printer artificial intelligence and you’ll find its productivity increasing manifold and the industry growing as it enables more and more people to be designers.
So how does a 3D printer benefit with artificial intelligence?
This deadly combination can make a common man a designer where you can create your own models, see them in real-like prototypes and even learn from your own mistakes to refine in the future. Let’s talk to this to understand this further. Imagine you’d like to create a flower vase that resembles a jug. You can start talking to the artificial intelligence inside the 3D printer and enable back-and-forth conversations during which the 3D printer will show you images based on your chats with it. You can continue to refine and recreate as the 3D printer creates images until you finalise on the one that looks exactly like you’d imagined. How easy can this be – without touching the mouse, coding a hard technical programme and even studying designing for many months?
Not only can an artificial intelligence enabled 3D printer make work so much easier, but it can also create extremely intricate designs and patterns at a remarkable speed and reduce errors by a big percentage. There have been proven tests by tech giants that show that when a 3D printer gets artificial intelligence, it saves a lot of time in producing mass quantities of designs and as an outcome of this also saves a lot of running costs.
And how does it all actually work?
When artificial intelligence is enabled in a 3D printer, as a printer creates a 3D model and prepares it for printing, artificial intelligence inside it constantly evaluates the created design against the original idea to identify gaps and refine the model to bring it close to the original idea. This ensures the final product matches the original requirements hundred per cent and that flaws and mistakes during production are reduced to bare minimum. As a result of this, there’s less wastage during the production cycle, more precision, less material required, speedy process and increased production.
What does the future look like?
Let’s take the example of the consumer products industry. Imagine 3D printers with artificial intelligence in such industries – where artificial intelligence can help conceptualise products and improve them and a 3D printer can be used to produce the final products as mass productivity. What an impact can this have on the future of this industry? Massive!
Today’s market relies heavily on desktop 3D printing. How does it rate? This ecosystem is experiencing some serious concerns in terms of the time taken to prepare files and adjusting the settings to create a successful model. An artificial intelligence enabled 3D printer can solve it problem as it can be scalable and can adapt to any design (big or small) to produce successful 3D models as previously imagined or conceived – sometimes even better that what your imagination would have allowed.
The simple logic tech giants are trying to work here is to create some sort of a feedback loop or a mechanism inside a 3D printer, where as the printer created designs artificial intelligence in it is constantly reviewing them against the original concept and refining them so the final product printed is flawless.
This is the reason why tech lovers and even the media is investing more and more into seeing how artificial intelligence and 3D printing can be brought together and cannot wait to see what the future holds for these two interesting technologies. Of course the road is not straight forward, there’s a lot to think, there will be flaws and mistakes at the start, but once we reach conclusion on this combination, it is sure to create a major breakthrough in how we all tend to do our everyday jobs – whether you’re a healthcare professional, an IT specialist, a clothing company or a hair stylist.
Stuart Ting is the owner of Infinity 3D Printing which is one of the largest suppliers of 3D printers and filaments across Australia. Infinity 3D Printing stocks a range of 3D printers that are high quality and efficient.