10 Surprising Ways 3D Printing Is Being Used Now

- May 21, 2019-

1. A new generation of prosthetics

“Turning disabilities into superpowers” is the defining vision of UK-based Open Bionics. Their mission is to create “affordable, assistive devices that enhance the human body.”

2. Printing skin for the face

3D Skin Printer Helps Heal Wounds and Burns explained how  3D printing can be used to bioprint replacement skin for wound and burn victims.

3. Quick and economical home construction

Another way 3D printing is being used to make the world a better place is by reducing the cost of home construction enough to make new houses accessible to those whose income puts adequate shelter beyond their reach.

4. Homes on Mars

Applying 3D printing to home construction also has ramifications for the space program. In planning a mission to Mars, NASA has to deal with the challenge of setting up shelter for the people who will be living on the red planet. 

5. Plane parts

Airbus adopted 3D printing technology for plane parts a few years ago. In 2016 it began using titanium for engine components.

6. Making music

In 2014  a complete band of 3D-printed instruments, including a drum, keyboard, and guitars, played together live at Lund University in Sweden. Lund University professor Olaf Diegel printed the instrument that were played by students at Lund University’s Malmö Academy of Music.

7. Exquisite metal jewelry designs

It was possible to 3D print jewelry over a decade ago, though those were limited to what could be fashioned out of plastic. Now, thanks to advanced additive manufacturing techniques in metal, it is possible to design and execute delicate, metal necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, etc.

8. 3D printed eyeglasses

While you can 3D print individual glasses frames, as you see in the video above,  that is not the most efficient use for the product. As in other areas of manufacturing the 3D printing is used for rapid prototyping.

9. Vegan meat

Whether the interest stems from concern for health, animal welfare, the environment, or just developing more economical food choices, lately there’s been increasing interest in developing vegan alternatives to meat. And 3D printing is playing a central role in that.

10. This takes the cake

Dinara Kasko is a young pastry chef from Ukraine. She holds a degree from the University of Architecture and Design and has experience as an architect-designer and a 3D visualizer. She combined that expertise with her passion for cakes, and that’s how here business with specially shaped cakes made out of her specially designed molds was born.

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