3D printing solves problems
Everyone has heard about how 3D printing can be used to create ever more intricate and durable projects for the aerospace and engineering industries. But not so many people realize that 3D printing solves problems for everyday people, in their everyday lives, too. One key way on which it does so is by enabling them to get spare parts for all manner of things (from cameras to clothing) printed out quickly and in the comfort of their home without having to contact the manufacturer. This is especially useful for items, like vintage cameras or much loved garments that have been discontinued by the manufacturer, for which spare parts are a little more difficult to come by. Here,3D printing solves problems by enabling people to print out spare parts for whatever they need whenever they need them, without having to throw away a whole appliance or device just because one single tiny little part is no longer being made by the manufacturer any more.
The jacket zipper: one practical way that 3D printing solves problems
So, here is a simple, everyday example of how 3D printing can provide a solution to an everyday problem. Take a leather jacket. A leather jacket is an item that is almost a heirloom. Once a fashion lover has found a good quality jacket that they love, then they will often want to hold on to it for life, or at least for a good number of years. These are garments that not only last a long time thanks to their durable design, but which also improve with use and wear. How annoying, then, if the zipper of a leather jacket breaks when the jacket itself is still good. How even more annoying it is when the jacket is no longer being made by the clothing manufacturer, so those particular zippers are hard to come by. A 3D printer can fix this problem quickly and easily. Just find the design for the zipper and print out a new one. You can even print out a spare zipper at the same time, to ensure that if the zipper ever breaks again, you have another one ready in the drawer. So there you have it: a simple, everyday example of how a 3D printer solves problems. There are plenty of other ways in which 3D printing is an asset to everyday life though, above and beyond the world of broken zippers.