5 creative and innovative applications for 3D Print
Art, medicine, gastronomy, tech – there’s a lot of areas that are improving thanks to the big 3D printing revolution and this is just the beggining. Check out the best applications for 3d printing and the most creative exemples of what can be done.
1. 3D Printed blood vessels
Some months ago scientists from Brigham and Women’s Hospital discovered how to create artificial blood vessels using a 3D bioprinting technique. Scientists have been able to make artificial tissue for the heart and lung but to recreate human blood vessels is a very important development since this is a very complex structure. Definitely a discovery with huge potential that can change completely our quality of life in the future.
2. 3D Printed Osteoid cast
Using a cast for months can be really uncomfortable – and because of this, industrial designer Deniz Karasahin created the Osteoid cast, a new concept that can help bones to heal faster than the regular cast. Also, the Osteoid cast is filled with ventilation holes that helps the patient to feel more comfortable during the healing process since it does not smell or itch, making the healing process of a broken bone a much less painful experience.
3. 3D Printed art objects
Joshua Harker, the master of 3D print art said once “3D printing is not hype or buzz, it is what’s happening now. The traditional way of communicating, exhibiting & selling art is profoundly changing.” And that says it all, 3D printing is deeply transforming the creation process, leading to a new way to make art. See also 3D printing and the art world – a list by The Huffington Post to get some of the best examples of what people are doing on this area.
4. 3D Printed food
There’s plenty to do on this area but so far the results are showing a great improvement. NASA has been investigating better ways to feed astronauts, and a good solution was to 3D print meals. Pizza, fruit, chocolate and ice cream are only some of the food that have been 3D printed.
5. 3D Printed cars
Several brands are introducing 3D printing, improving the automotive industry. General Motors for exemple, used 3D printing on their Chevrolet Malibu to save time in prototyping the parts for the vehicle. It also helped the parts to be lighter, giving the car an improved fuel economy. Ford Motor also used 3D printing to make prototypes of many parts in their vehicles. But the most innovative one is Urbee 2 created by Jim Kor and his team of engineers: Urbee 2 will be mostly 3D printed and is set to make a trip across the USA on 2015.