Internet of things—the technology of the future—has already made a huge impact on the operations from household to industries. Smart IoT sensors have become an integral tool for data collection, storage, and processing. This data is utilized for various operations within and outside the industrial premises; the next milestone in the journey of connected device technology seems to be 3D printing. Humans have always been intrigued by the idea of 3D printing that has now come to reality. Merging it with IoT could be next step to industrial advancement.
3D Printed Enclosures for IoT Devices
It is evident that 3D printers will be utilized for manufacturing electronic device enclosures. IoT applications are electronic devices that require proper enclosure for safety purposes. Traditionally manufactured enclosures sometimes have a slight variation or do not fit size. Also, designing enclosures for various kinds of devices is more complex in industrial manufacturing platforms but the same is very convenient in 3D printing manufacturing. Additional features can also be integrated into devices with zero cost investment.
Customized Product Solutions
Customization is one biggest demand of modern day consumers which is not easy to meet all times. In scenarios where the product only has mass production units, the situation gets worse leading to customer dissatisfaction. 3D printers can be a rescuer as products can be produced on the basis of choice, comfortability, and other specifications ending the customers’ quest for customized products. Various industries can utilize the combination by gathering the information through IoT devices and using it up to design a user-specific product in real-time.
Overcoming 2D Limitations
3D models of various things such as circuit boards will be free of the limitations that their 2D models have. Three-dimensional products will bring up new designs to serve as solutions for various problems like 3D circuit boards will be much lighter in weight and will probably use conductive ink in replacement of wires. Sectors where product weight plays a key role in the performance like healthcare, aeronautics, automotive, and military are evident to gain benefits for the advanced three-dimensional models. IoT will serve as a helping hand, both through data collection and operation automation.