Industrial 3D printer at the Design Museum in London. Image by Tim Sandle
The possibilities of 3D printing are potentially endless and additive manufacturing is already a driver of innovation in several sectors.
The fact that the world of 3D printing innovation continues to move forward is evidenced by internet search data. It’s both at the consumer level, where Hasbro has announced that it will soon be able to scan and 3D print your own face onto your favorite action figure, and for the industry.
A new study predicts that the global 3D printing market will grow by 24% to reach $44.5 billion by 2026. In this regard, 3D printing experts Hubs.com have assessed the most anticipated innovations in global level.
This comes as technology becomes more affordable and innovative. The latest trends show that 3D printed homes are the most searched innovation on Google globally, averaging 76,000 monthly searches.
This is followed by technological advances in the food industry, ranking second in terms of the most searched searches. Following this, fashion items such as shoes, jewelry and dresses all appear in the top 15 list (these types of items come as designers showcased 3D printed designs at Paris Fashion Week earlier this year).
The 15 most searched 3D printed advancements on Google are:
|Innovation||Number of monthly global searches|
|3d printed house||76,000|
|3D printed food||9,800|
|3d printed car||6,800|
|3D printed shoes||5,500|
|3D printed organs||5,500|
|3d printed jewelry||5,300|
|3d printed boat||4,300|
|3D printed drone||3,000|
|3D printed prostheses||2,700|
|3D printed rocket||2,400|
|3D printed furniture||2,200|
|3D printed airplane||1,500|
|3D printed robots||1,400|
|3D printed prostheses||1,200|
|3D printed dress||1,000|
With homes at the top of the list, 2021 saw the first sale of 3D printed homes in the Netherlands, and now innovative developers in the US are eager to catch up.
It was recently reported that the small town of Pulaski, Virginia is expected to house 200 such homes built over the next five years using the time and labor saving technique that involves a robotic printer massive 19 tons.
Along with food, 3D-printed meat receives 4,500 searches per month, thanks to a groundbreaking breakthrough last year. In 2021, an Israeli bio-printing company announced that it had successfully printed a 104 gram cultured steak. Made from real cultured fat and muscle cells, the steak is considered the largest cultured steak produced to date. This achievement represents another step on the road to mass production of cultured meat, an important step in the fight against climate change.
Filemon Schoffer, co-founder and CCO of Hubs.com tells Digital diary: “Overall, we expect to see more signs of growth in 3D printing in 2022 and beyond. Improved automation, scalable quality controls, advances in interoperability, reduced material and processing costs, and continued industry consolidation, among other key factors, will help 3D printing become the robust industrial manufacturing process that suits its enormous potential.