Like many other industries, 3D package printing is currently only able to produce rapid prototypes during the design process – and not able to produce the actual packages that are used day-to-day.
We were wondering about this concept. What if the cost and speed of 3D printing were to drop? Could packages be produced in real time on 3D printers? We suspect this might happen in the far distant future, but it may emerge first in an industry where:
- The product requiring packaging has inconsistent shapes and sizes, requiring a custom shaped package on each shipment
- The product is a high-end, expensive item able to defray the cost of a custom package
- Sophisticated software exists that can dynamically generate a 3D package model for a given shape
Well, that’s not gonna happen anytime soon.
Via Package Digest