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E XC L U S IVE F EAT U RE Fun Facts and Tips Why Consider a Career in 3D Printing? If you love creating scale models and real objects from a machine, 3D printing sounds like a career that you would enjoy. Notable fields in this career include: • Animation and Design A career in animation and design uses the same tools and techniques as in 3D printing. What 3D printing aspires to do is to be able to use software and models to create something out of nothing. When you have a degree in 3D animation or design, you will already have the necessary tools to understand how 3D printing and modelling works in a variety of applications, from manufacturing toys to creating a scale model of a house. • Biomedical Technology Your expertise in 3D printing can even be applied in the medical line – prosthetics from 3D printers, anyone? You can even experiment with organ generation. Biomedical 3D printing has the potential to create practical and life-saving models. Some of the most amazing applications for 3D printing have actually been in the biomedical sector. With a career in biomedical technology, you could play an instrumental rolein the next great medical find, thanks to the help of sophisticated 3D printers. • Engineering With 3D printing comes the need for engineers who can design and operate the devices – whether mechanical, software or industrial – and use 3D printers to model and draft various components for manufacturing. A degree in engineering is an ideal way to get yourself involved in3D printing, particularly if there’s an emphasis on 3D printing and modelling in your curriculum. • Worldwide shipment of 3D printers is expected to reach about 200,000 in the year 2015. • The 3D printing market is expected to grow at 23 per cent annually through 2020, reaching USD8.4 billion. • The medical equipment industry is one of the largest markets to have embraced 3D printing. Want a nose? Print it out! • Biomedics specialists in Belgium recently implanted a 3D-printed titanium jawbone into an 83-year-old woman. • Do you know that 3D printers can be used in conjunction with CAT scans to print out clones of a tumour before an operation, so that surgeons are conversant with what exactly they will be tackling? • The photonic professional GT 3D printer can create objects with widths as thin as human hair. • The James Bond movie, Skyfall, used 3D print technology to produce models of 007’s famed Aston Martin DB5 luxury grand tourer. • NASA had 3D-printed pizza made to feed astronauts in outer space. The world of 3D printing is limitless, given the sheer number of items that you could create for various industries. As such, there is great potential and demand in this field. Salary Scale Gartner forecasts 2.3 million shipments of 3D printers worldwide by the year 2018. The fast growth and evolution in this industry and the rising popularity of and demand in custom 3D-printed merchandise has fuelled the demand for this type of technical knowledge. The average salary for 3D printer personnel, USD82,000 as of 9 March 2015, reflects this. According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, an average salary of about US$68,645 per year is made by experts in this field, although this depends on various factors. Well-established freelancers in this field can earn more than their salaried counterparts, while starters may charge a nominal fee while they get accustomed to and gain experience in this field, but this is only temporary as salary increases with experience. Reference: http://www.indeed.com/salary/3d-Printing-Solutions.html 46 easyuni Guide 2015 Issue 6