It seems as if everything these days is being 3D printed. We have seen many different items -- bathing suits, shoes, and even guns and cars -- 3D printed and it is truly transforming how we are making things.
With the price of 3D printers coming down, more people will be able to bring them into their home and really start experimenting. The amount of things that we can create with 3D printers looks to be limitless. Even NASA recently said that it is experimenting with 3D printing to make space parts.
Some of our favorite 3D printed items we have discovered over the years are KOR EcoLogic and Stratasys' energy-efficient Urbee car, LayerWise's jaw that was used in a transplant, and Stratasys' dress that was featured on the Paris runway.
We have also come across some new creations that are quickly becoming favorites. These include Autodesk and Stratasys's audio speakers embedded with LED lights to create a light show, iPhone cases, and Nike's lightweight Vapor Laser Talon cleats.
Click below to start the slideshow of some our favorite 3D-printed creations. This is a sampling; we know there are many amazing things being done, that we have not included. Please tell us about them in the comments section below.
Architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger have revealed a prototype for the world’s first 3D-printed room. Named Digital Grotesque, the full-scale ornate room by Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger will have 80 million surfaces rendered in smooth sandstone, with certain parts glazed and gilded. A 1:3 scale prototype of the room was shown at the Swiss Arts Awards 2013 in Basel and at the Materializing Exhibition in Tokyo in June. (Source: dezeen.com/Hansmeyer & Dillenburger)
It's true Charles that Haute Couture is never comfortable. Like everything on the runway, it's not for the real world. 3D printed jewelry is pleasant though. That's been available at the MOMA store for years.
The rise of 3D printing, for low quantity items, makes all kinds of sense to me. But I wonder for a smartphone case if they will really be able to compete on price with manufacturers who are obviously offering a smaller selection of product but have the advantage of mass quantities.
Lauren I believe that this 3D printing will greatly reduce the cost by reducing sock maintaining, transportation no labor involvement of production
Imagine a shoo shop where they are having only the sample or some IPods where will show all the possible designs and colours. Customer walk in to the shop and do the modification he likes to have and print a shoo jest for him.
As someone who's taller than average and picky about clothes, I'd love to be able to 3D print my own. But that won't happen unless the materials emulate the look and feel of wool, cotton, rayon and silk, so I'm not holding my breath.
What a great slideshow roundup of all of the sometimes wacky and wonderful things being 3D printed these days. Personally, I really like the idea of 3D printed clothes...and that dress Dita is wearing is quite stunning, actually. I love clothes but shopping can be a chore. Imagine just downloading files and printing your clothes at home someday. (At least, this is how I would like this technology to evolve!) Brilliant.
That's an impressive slideshow, Lauren. A jet engine, a hybrid car, dresses. Wow. My favorites were the speaker with lights and the hybrid car. Of course, the printed chocolate seemed like a great idea, too.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.