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3D Printing has made its way into nearly every sector, and packaging is no exception. The global interest in 3D printing has exploded due its cost effective method of creating unique shapes. Companies are able to create prototypes for pennies on the dollar when compared to traditional options. The packaging industry specifically has seen innovations in everything from machinery to unique package shapes.

Here are 5 innovations in packaging that wouldn’t be possible without 3D printing.

The Elephant Bottle

Packaging Digest recently did a poll asking their audience for the most interesting packaging products that they have seen that were created from a 3D printer. One of the most popular results was the elephant shaped bottle. The intricacies that are incorporated in this bottle would not have been possible without 3D printing. Surprisingly, the project only took two months to develop. Click here to read the full story.

Biodegradable Cups

The need for sustainability in every industry is going to be a topic of conversation for decades to come. One innovation that has been possible because of 3D printing is a biodegradable cup. The cup has energy drink ingredients in the materials so consumers who use the cups just have to add water and they have an energy drink. This type of “smart cup” reduces the weight of goods in transport and also reduces space. Click here to read the full story.

Custom Medical Packaging

Medical packaging has many requirements that go beyond the basics. They need to promote the highest sterilization and cleanliness, while also being extremely durable. Many medical products are single use, making it important to have cost effective packaging for medical devices. Click here to learn more about 3D printing for medical packaging.

Plastic Jars

Digitally printed containers are a way of providing a turnkey packaging solution for the end user. The flexibility and cost effectiveness of 3D printing allows companies to quickly change the artwork on packages adding massive advancements in the customization process. More of the printing is able to be done on the jar itself, saving costs on labels and silk screening. Click here to learn more. 


Machinery parts and equipment are traditionally thought of as high cost line items for a business. With advancements in 3D printing, companies are able to create parts and full systems with cheaper, yet equally durable, 3D printed alternatives. Manufacturers can lower costs and reduce production waste when this route is taken. Click here to learn more about 3D printing for machinery.

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