How 3D Printing is Revolutionizing the Beauty Industry

How 3D Printing is Revolutionizing the Beauty Industry

How 3D Printing is Revolutionizing the Beauty Industry

There’s no doubt about it; 3D printing is changing the game in almost every industry there is. Whether it be computer chips, extraordinary innovations that make our lives easier, or even food, you can make nearly anything with 3D printing. But what about… the beauty industry?

We’re Feeling Left Out

There’s this notion that 3D printing is for weird, geeky men who build Lego sets in their spare time. And while there’s no shame in being a nerd or having a knack for a good Lego creation (in fact, I love them myself), women are often put on the back burner when it comes to the 3D printing universe. Advertisements, machines, filaments, and printing extras are all targeted at the nerdy men who just can’t get enough plastic Star Wars figures to stack on their desks. But, again, no hate to these guys; it’s just time for the 3D industry to change.

The fact is, women use 3D printers more than men do, according to this Forbes article… so why are we being left out?

The Beauty Industry

The beauty industry is huge. In fact, the global beauty market is over $532 billion. That’s almost as much money as Mark Zuckerberg’s, Jeff Bezos’ and Elon Musk’s net worth combined, to put it into perspective, and that’s not even counting the “off the books” stuff. This side of the economic world is dominated by women, and it’s a piece that’s been almost untapped by the 3D printing moguls until a few years ago, way after we started printing car parts and coasters.

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Maybe you haven’t heard anything about 3D printing changing the way the beauty industry works. After all, it isn’t exactly a very spoken-about topic.

Here’s Why You Should Care

Because the beauty industry is such a behemoth in size, everybody is affected by it. Whether you’re male or female, you use beauty products. That lipstick you swipe on every morning? Beauty product. The 7-in-1 shampoo/conditioner/body wash/car oil/beard oil/shaving cream/mirror cleaner you use for pretty much everything? Also a beauty product.

The fact is, those huge beauty and health companies (Johnson & Johnson, Shiseido, etc.) all make products that we use, and they’re beginning to take notice that 3D printing can boost profits a lot.

What Can 3D Printing be Used For?

Regular people, like you and me, can use 3D printing for tons of purposes to up our beauty games. Creating makeup compacts, vanity decorations, and even organizational devices are all simple tasks with a high-quality 3D printer. In fact, we have a whole article dedicated to organizing your vanity with 3D printing

In fact, women have figured out how to print makeup. The “Mink” makeup printer turns images into makeup; all you have to do is upload a photo and the machine will print a cosmetic powder onto a compact square.

The Mink printer 

While there isn’t a printer that can lay powder directly into a compact *yet,* it’s definitely in the future.

Luxurious designer brand Chanel created a patented 3D printed mascara wand to use with their world-class mascara. Pretty cool, right? The best part is that the mascara is extremely well-rated; women love the brush! Even some of the best-known companies in the world are using 3D printing to make existing products better or creating entirely new ones for the new revolution of women who want a better way to get glammed.

Some companies are even looking to 3D print lipstick applicators by scanning the natural lips and then creating a blueprint of them. The blueprint is then used to create a special applicator made exactly for the lipstick user; why work harder when you can work smarter?

Even 3D printing pens could help make your life easier. Using rubbery filament, you can add grip to your makeup brushes, makeup compacts, or even the bottom of your shoes. The days of slippery palettes and broken makeup are in the past.

Chanel 3D printed mascara brushes 


Some small business owners have even turned to 3D printing to create necklace and bracelet charms. Even metal or plastic chains are being made for profit; these are all things that you can do yourself if you have a machine at home. Of course, always support small businesses when possible.

Maybe the coolest part of 3D printed jewellery is the customization. You can create your own design, use somebody else’s, or try to make an existing pattern better. Rings are able to be sized to fit your fingers (let’s face it, traditional ring sizes aren’t exactly all that accurate 100% of the time), and earrings can be shaped to perfection. With 3D printing, it’s really all up to you.

3D printed earing's by Ken

Here’s What You Should be Doing

If you’re a woman and want to make your life easier, keep yourself updated with various newsletters and blogs (like 3D Print Monkey’s), as we anticipate there to be a huge spike in the usage of 3D printers for skincare, makeup, hair, and beauty tools.

If you want to get into 3D printing and don’t know where to start, check out our beginner’s guide to picking the right 3D printer.

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, 3D Print Monkey’s got your back. We sell FiberForce filaments in sizes 1.75mm or 2.85/300mm. FiberForce plastics are the first and only 3D printing filaments that have a Pantone certification, so you know the colour you feed through your machine is the colour that will come out of the nozzle.

So… Here’s the Thing

Women basically run the beauty industry. Men run the 3D printing industry (even though there are more women that actually use the printers). We need to work together to make solutions that work for both of us; there are tons of untapped resources in the beauty industry, and tons of innovations that could be created with 3D printing.

The beauty industry is being revolutionized by 3D printing.

How 3D Printing is Revolutionizing the Beauty Industry written by Sabrina Cooklin

Sabrina is a Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger, but that's not only what she had blogged about. mortgage lenders, lawyers, lifestyle blogs, and tons of other topics. You can contact Sabrina here