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The Wonders of 3D Printing and What’s Yet to Come

3D printing is a very popular topic right now, and with great reason. There have been some huge advancements in the way we are utilising 3D printing technology over the past 12 months or so, and from the looks of things, it’s not slowing down at all, in-fact, it’s doing quite the opposite.

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Over the past year there have been a number of very impressive 3D print projects going on. One of which you can see a picture for above – the world’s first fully 3D printed house. A group of architects have plans to build a canal house entirely from materials which are printed on-location using a purpose-built 3D printer called the ‘RoomMaker’. If this project works out it could change things in so many ways. Imagine being able to construct buildings without the need of transporting mass materials, only a printer.

3D Printing Guns

This is a hugely controversial project that’s gained a huge amount of media attention over the past few months. Notably due to one company in particular – Defence Distributed. This non profit company managed to design the worlds first fully 3D printed handgun – and it works! They successfully test fired it not too long ago, and they released the blueprints for the weapon on their website, free for anybody to download.

You can imagine the controversy surrounding this issue; many people feel it’s not right that anyone who owns a 3D printer can print a weapon, but others disagree. For the moment, 3D printing guns remains legal, and if you have a 3D printer, you can download blueprints and print your own right now.

3D Printed Foetus

This is an interesting concept, and something which I think could become quite popular. A Japanese company is offering the chance to immortalize your fetus by taking a scan and producing a 3D model of it on a 3D printer. The model is then encased in glass and makes a very pretty ornament! It’s a much better alternative to the ultrasound 2D scans which are used at the moment, but it comes at a price – $1,300!

Accessories

As well as the great stuff like you see above, there’s also much more basic applications for 3D printing that will be much more popular among the home consumer market. Things like accessories for your phone and tablet, even 3D printed wallets and such.

I can imagine lots of new business opportunities arising for creative product designers, and backed by an easy means to print their own products – it’s definitely going to be a game changer! 

Sooner or later I’m sure we’ll see 3D printing companies popping up, offering us the ability to print our own 3D designs without actually having to own a 3D printer ourselves – that would be awesome and would certainly be a game changer in terms of things like the accessories you see above. At the moment we have such companies, but for the 2D printing industry – companies like nextdayflyerswho provide a vast range of print services from business cards to flyers, stickers to postcards, and brochures to canvas prints. I guess even these 2D printing companies could find themselves start bridging the gap themselves and introducing 3D print products into their own product catalogue. 3D business cards would certainly be a way to stand out!

I look forward to seeing how 3D technology impacts our lives and the various consumer industries over the following years. It’s definitely going to bring around some major changes, that’s for sure.

Website Design – Give Priority to Your Users

Web design is an important part of the marketing strategy of a business with an online presence. This is the liaison between the seller and the buyer. The better you design your site, the stronger this will liaison be. Your website appearance can work for you, drawing clients closer, or it can work against you by pushing people away.

Where do most people go wrong?

Not everyone is able to design a site that sells. You need creativity and the willingness to work hard, but these are not enough. You have to remember that you don’t design the site in order for you to like it. Your purpose is to get the approval of your visitors. Many site owners forget about this and don’t keep their audience in mind when defining their web design. Study your audience and give them what they are looking for. This is the principle around which the entire sales industry revolves. The client has a goal, and you have to make sure that your company will fulfil that need. Otherwise, they will simply look somewhere else. There are plenty of other businesses in the same industry as yours.

Keep it simple

All the elements of your design must harmonise together, creating an easy-to-use website. The first-time user won’t waste time trying to find what they are looking for. If they can’t find it with two clicks, they can easily assume you don’t have it. This is why having a clear navigation structure is mandatory. You know you have achieved complete navigation clarity and accessibility when a 7-year-old child who knows how to read does not feel lost on your site. It’s actually recommended that you test your design on a child who sees your site for the first time.

In addition, don’t occupy every inch of space on your website. Leaving white space enhances readability and avoids the situation where the visitor feels someone is desperately trying to catch him in a net and to take his money out of his pocket, metaphorically speaking, of course. If you weren’t aware of this already, it’s a sign you may need professional help. A good place to start is this Redmill read more page, where you will learn how a marketing agency can help your business grow.

Improve load time

Giving priority to your users means doing everything that enhances their experience with your site. The time that a page takes to load is crucial here. The Internet has trained us to think that information is available without effort or the need to wait. If the user has to wait for your page to load, he is likely to go away before it loads. Although two seconds of one’s time does not mean much, the average Internet user is annoyed quickly and starts complaining about how his time may be better spent somewhere else. In order to improve load time, minimise flash content and graphics. Also, optimise HTML and script codes, and don’t forget to use SSI files.

In conclusion, an effective web design is fast, easy to use, and is tailored according to the needs of the audience.