15 Objects You Wouldn’t Believe You Could 3D Print

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3D printing has become an important resource in many industries.

Experts say that the number of companies using 3D printing technology is expected to increase exponentially in the future.

Considering this, it is safe to assume that the number of objects that we will be able to 3D print in the future can only go up.

But what can we print now with a 3D printer? The answer is pretty much anything you can possibly imagine.

 

This list contains only a selection of the most incredible objects that you could make with a 3D printer.

 

  1. Buildings

The construction industry is destined to change dramatically in the future and some companies (like Winsun) are already printing a variety of buildings from mansions to offices.

The 3D printed structures are printed in parts, assembled, and then finished using more conventional buildings techniques.

Image credit: 3ders

 

  1. Mini Power Tools

These 3D printed miniatures are not just collectible, they actually work – although we don’t recommend using them for DIY projects.

 

  1. Functional 3D printed prosthetics based on video games

Super light and “very slick” prosthetic arms, like the one built by Open Bionic’s in collaboration with video game developers, are here and will change the way we perceive human bodies.

 

 

  1. 3D Printed Mandible

Sick of your organic mandible? You can replace it now with a 3D printed one. A company called Xilloc has produced the “world’s first 3D printed total jaw reconstruction”.

Image Credit: Xilloc

 

  1. Mini Figurines of… Yourself

Yes. Thanks so a booth sized scanner, companies are capable of 3D printed mini versions of your self or your loved ones. All of this for only 40$.

Image credit: Beheld

  1. Art

Artists are using 3D printers to transform their inspiration into pieces of art and installations.

This Arabesque inspired art piece by the Two artists, architects, programmers and professors, Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer is a great example.

Image credit: benjamin-dillenburger

 

  1. Mini Sculptures

When we say mini, we mean incredibly small. Like the one in the image below.

The models are so minuscule you would be forgiven for mistaking them for specks of dust, but rest assured they were indeed fully designed micro-figurines.

Image credit: Jonty Hurwitz/Businessinsider

 

  1. Liquids inside other liquids

Researchers at the University of Berkeley have managed to develop a technique that allows them to print one liquid into another to create stunning fluid 3D structures.

 

  1. Shape changing 3D models

This objects, developed by Dartmouth College, change size and color based on the environmental conditions.

Image credit: Chenfeng Ke/EurekAlert

 

  1. 3D Printed Unborn Babies

A Russian company, Embryo 3D, has developed a way to 3D print your unborn child. Using prenatal images, they are able to reproduce your future “little monster” into a fireplace ornament.

 

  1. 3D Printed Skin for Robots

Researchers at the University of Minnesota are studying possible means of 3D printing stretchable synthetic skin for robots. This new ‘skin’ is embedded with an array of electronic sensors that act in a fashion similar to human, or animal, skin.

Image credit: College of Science and Engineering, UMN/YouTube

  1. 3D Printed Food

This London based restaurant has gone down in history as being the first ever 3D food printing establishment in the world. The pop-up called Food Ink opened for just 3 days back in 2016 but its brief launch has never been forgotten.

  1. “Space Fabric”

NASA recently announced their highly advanced fabric that could have many space-related applications. Developed by their Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL-Caltech) the fabric consists of small silver squares that are printed in one piece instead of sewn together.

Image credit: NASA JPL-Caltech

 

  1. Hyperelastic Bones

Researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois have developed a new kind of 3D printed scaffold made from hydroxyapatite, a mineral found in bone, with polycaprolactone, a biocompatible polymer.

Image credit: Science

 

  1. Dishwashers

By combining age-old engineering principles with ultra-modern 3D printing techniques, a Swedish student conceived of a “dishwasher” that is both elegant and practical.

 

Via interestingengineering.com

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