The 3D printing industry has come a long way since its dawn in the 1980s. Though the technology’s evolution began somewhat slowly, things changed in the early 2000s when many 3D printing patents expired, leading to the so-called democratisation of the industry. This allowed virtually everyone to use the technology and experiment with it, providing you had the tools and funds.
Today, 3D printing is pretty much everywhere — from biomedicine and construction, to smaller, sometimes sillier outlets, like 3D printed cocktails. But one of its widest, and most impressive, applications is in the world of architecture, so we looked back at three impressive building projects from this year that were made possible thanks to 3D printing.