3D printing technology has definitely gained more momentum in 2014. Since it's advent every single day you get to hear new and new developments about this technology. If 2013 saw developing a 3D gun in plastic then 2014 saw the same 3D gun sample in metal that was so close to the original gun that it sent shock waves in the market. Printing technology was never restricted to paper 3D took it to another level from paper they went ahead and used plastic then came in resin and not far behind was metal. You think it has stopped there then sadly you and we all are mistake now the next in line is wood , yes however it may shock you but the 3D printing industry is now toying with wood as the next printing material.
wood filament will something that has ever before been tried or even though off, but now the impossible is also possible and already happening. "Made solid" last year had launched a flexible filament for 3D designs called PET+ which is not the same as the already existent PET as it is way stronger than all the available ABS filaments and its success in printing capability is way more than all the existing filaments. This PET+ is one of the most flexible filament that could be used in 3d printing technology but the best part of this technology is that it has a certain amount of toughness that makes it best for printing objects like wearable, robotics, mechanical as well as architectural parts and accessories like ipad covers, phone covers etc.
3D objects made out of PET+ have more flexibility strength and they can be 100% recycled and also have full approval of FDA and are way more fire resistant than objects made from PLA and ABS. The year 2013 saw German engineer Kai Parthy introduce Lay wood D3 and then he went on to develop Bendlay and Laybrick all these materials were said to have higer flexibility and more resistance. 2014 will see the complete new range of pre-structured 3D flexible filaments also by Kai, these materials will be FDM Filaments, Light curing resin , Sinterpowdersand some more materials based on the same lines.
Not far behind is Ninja Flex a company that has a name in the flexible printing filament, this company has introduced a superb filament made from thermoplastic elastomer which will enable prints that are not only flexible but will have elastic properties. 3D printing technology is limited only by your imagination, this industry has no stopping now.