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5 Ways Your Grandkids will Use 3D Printers in 2050

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

A 3D printer is a form of technology that can create a three-dimensional object using layers of a particular material. With this type of printer, one can produce models that imitate a prototype’s look, functionality and feel.

Today, a 3D printer can already do many things. You can make jewelry, art or even your own action figures. Architecture firms are using 3D printers for creating models. In 2050, however, your grandkids will be making completely different things. Here are five things your grandchildren could be making with their 3D printers in the future:

1. Organs

What if in 2050, no one will have to be on a waiting list for an organ transplant ever again? The children of the future just might be able to find a way to replace body organs. Your grandkids might be able to create skin with a 3D printer, and no one will ever know the difference.

2. Toys

In 2050, you may not need to bring your grandchildren to the toy store. Why? They’ll most probably be designing and creating their own toys by then. You can already make your own action figures today, although it is difficult to make them out of non-toxic materials. By 2050, non-toxic materials for the 3D printer should be readily and easily available.

3. Automobile Parts

It’s very possible that your grandchildren will construct their own cars with this type of printer. If they are able to construct a majority or all of the different parts of an automobile and are able to assemble it, then there will be no need to get them a car.

4. Homes

When your grandchildren grow older and express interest in moving out of their parents’ house, they might just move into a home built with a 3D printer. At present, there is already talk of using this technology for building homes, but there are still many issues that have to be solved.

5. Electronics

In this day and age, people still have to pay for their gadgets. If you want a mobile phone or a computer, you need to buy it. In 2050, things will be different. A 3D printer can print pretty much anything—including electronics. There will be no need to pay for the latest technology, because your grandchildren will be making it for you.

In 2050, your Christmas gifts from your grandkids will probably be something made from a 3D printer.

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