Some Insane Things That 3D Printers Have Made A Reality
Today, houses on the moon is not as surprising a concept as it would've been 5 decades ago. But this is something that 3d printers can do really brilliantly. The fact is that we've all wanted a little place we can call our own. A place where we can settle down, plant some roots, and live out a happy and carefree life. It's living the dream. Actually, getting all this on moon is a dream. Something that 3d printers can make possible.
All the meat lovers, you gonna love this. We all know the struggle. Meat prices are constantly on the rise, environmentalists constantly preach on the inefficiencies in the modern cattle industry, and you just want a damn steak without having to pay an arm and a leg. 3D can do this wonder.
#8 Microscopic Race Cars
Believe it or no but scale is not a problem when it comes to 3D printing. Researchers as the Vienna University of Technology decided that they were bored with creating things using printing technology that could only produce things on a general scale of ridiculous accuracy. So they devised a new kind of 3D printer that is not only leaves other 3D printers in the dust, but it also can create amazingly detailed things on a minuscule scale. So to show off, what did they use to demonstrate the power of the new machine they had wrought?
#7 Prosthetic Everything
Technically, everything will be fake with 3d printers. If 3D printing isn't famous for making guns, it's famous for making new parts for us to shoot back off. However, with more and more sophisticated techniques coming to light, some truly incredible things are being replaced. Prosthetic arms are becoming more and more commonplace thanks to how affordable the process makes creating prosthetic limbs, but things like replacing an entire human being's skull isn't science fiction anymore.
#6 Medical Models
Yes, even medical models can be made with this great technique. As it stands right now, if medical students want to study bone structure and how they sit in the human body, they need to go through a process akin to making an expensive doll or that dog model from Myth busters that they crushed with a frozen turkey. First, a model of the bones themselves must be mixed, poured, and dried. Then the whole thing needs to get coated with some form of gel to simulate skin. 3D printing simplifies this process a bit, but it takes a lot of the preliminary work out in the process.
#5 Crime Scenes
Now you must be wondering what exactly can 3D printers do with crime scenes. Police departments around the country are becoming more and more tech-savvy, and it seems only fitting that Roswell, New Mexico kicked off this year by purchasing the nerdiest crime-solving device ever. It's a network of 3D scanners which, when placed around a crime scene, form an intricately detailed model of the entire area. The picture is accurate to within, as claimed by the Roswell PD, "a couple millimeters," so it's feasible that a smaller scale model could be printed and brought to court to make the case against some jerk who would have gotten away with murder otherwise.
#4 The Earth's Crust
If not completely, a little bit of it, at least. While, using the 3D scanning, what amounts to computer-aided designed models of the ground is very insightful, 3D printing is taking it one step further. These models can be uploaded into a 3D printer and given depth. With an actual model that they can put their hands on, they were able to insert bacteria and other microorganisms to study how they move, find food, and do whatever it is bacteria that live in the ground do.
#3 Beautiful Guitars
Even music will be boomed by this technology. Crafted out of selective laser sintered nylon powder, this ax was developed by 3D printer/usician Olaf Diegel and can be yours for just $3500. A smaller, semi-flying V version he engineered is available from 3D printer vendor and community cubify.com for $3000, which Diegel says is inspired by the idea of the ultimate heavy metal instrument.
#2 Stem Cells
This is equivalent to creating a new life. The subject of stem cells was something that caused a bunch of controversy a few years ago, and could still be a touchy subject for strangers to talk about. Basically, a stem cell is a cell with a blank slate and unlimited possibility - it can develop into any cell found in the human body, from armpit hair-grower to brain cell.
The most interesting of all is this. So, in order to ensure that your child will never have a moment of privacy from day (minus) one, some 3D printing companies are taking 3D and 4D ultrasounds from giddy expectant parents and giving them a way to post even more baby pictures on Facebook. This 3D model of their fetus is offered by a company called 3D Babies, and comes in a variety of sizes and prices, from a tiny 2-inch model for a mere $200, to the "Lifesize" 8-inch baby for $800.
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