What can you do with 3D printing ?
Posted By sculpteo on Nov 29, 2010 |3D printing allows designers to manufacture whatever they invent.
Obtaining prototypes identical to those made in the traditional way is much more economical with 3D printing, as you cut the high costs of creating a mould.
According to Wohlers Associates, there are possibly more than 25,000 3D printers around the world.
The possibilities offered by 3D printing are virtually endless. This technology can be used to:
– Create ornaments (busts, figures), lamps, furniture
– Create clothes, shoes and all sorts of accessories
– Produce articulated parts for scale models (airplanes, cars, trains, boats), robots, or any other spare part
– Create mobile factories that can produce parts in the field, therefore cutting down the hassle of having to ship them.
– Build a car: one entrant in the 2010 X-Prize competition was the first car designed using 3D printing. The car, called Urbee, was designed by a partnership of Kor Ecologic and Stratasys
– Print food
– Print fossils (see Canadian Museum of Nature)
– Print organs for medical needs (see Organovo)
– Create replicators: some 3D printers (ReRap, MakerBot, Fab@Home) are designed to replicate themselves. The ultimate goal is for them to manufacture all of their own components – for the moment, about 50% of this has been achieved.
You can even create a miniature doppelganger of yourself! (Mini-you)