13D Ice Cream
The system is in the development stages right now, but these innovators were able to print some clever shapes out of the sweet, sweet cream, nonetheless.
While they have no plans to commercialize it as of yet, it still seems like a clever and very useful hack. (Source | Via)
23D Printing of M.C. Escher's Impossible Structures
Gershon Elber, a computer science professor at the Israel Institute of Technology, has manipulated Escher's optical illusions so that they can be fabricated with a 3D printer.
So just how does Elber create 3D versions of creations like Escher's Belvedere and Waterfall? Well, he cheats. Just as the objects appear plausible in 2D, so too can 3D objects replicate the illusion if viewed from a certain angle. Using computer-aided design software, Elber manipulated illusions designed by Escher and others so that they could be fabricated as a physical object, while maintaining the illusion from that one angle. He then used a 3D printer to fabricate the resulting objects.
Seeing the illusions in 3D is a strange experience. At first glance, these do look like solutions to the problems posed by the illusions, but then when the objects are rotated, we see all the wonky components used in their creation. Elber has more of these 3D illusions at his site, Escher Made Real.
33D Printed Buildings
Shanghai-based Winsun has been showing off the two neighboring projects, one an 1100-square-meter villa, the other a 6-story residential block, in the Chinese city of Suzhou. The residential block is the world's tallest 3D-printed building, according to the company.
It took Winsun a day to print out one level of the residential block, and then five more to put the level together. As for the villa, both the interior and exterior of the home were created using the company's 3D printing tech.
The company's printers are 6.6 meters tall, and work by secreting layers of construction material on top each other to form densely packed building blocks. The “ink” is mainly a mixture of cement and glass fiber.
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43D Printed Batman Suit
FYI the cape and the under suit were not printed. However, everything else was printed and as you'll see, it's pretty awesome.
Dee also had some help from Tunda Designs and Gauntlet FX on the project, and as you can see, the end results looks quite good. (Source)
53D Printed Prosthetic Iron Man Hand
Keith Harris was born with a deformed right hand caused by a rare condition called symbrachydactyly. Mother Kim Harris said her son has come out of his shell with the new hand.
Keith got his 3D hand through a group called the E-Nable Organization. A volunteer in North Carolina created the hand, which cost only $45. A new prosthetic would have been too expensive, about $40,000, and would have lasted only as long as Keith didn't grow. (Source 1 | Source 2)
63d Printed Diamond Ring
No, this 3D printing involves gold, diamonds, and pearls. Doesn't that sound like a Prince song? Visitors to American Pearl will be given the ability to create, customize and design their very own ring to compliment either a pearl or a diamond. Once you complete your design and purchase it, your ring will be printed to a Solidscape T76 printer. The 3D mold is printed and then taken to a casting facility for the metal of your choice to be poured over it.
Once everything is formed over the mold, it is then buffed, polished, and the gem is inserted into the ring-setting.
Who ever said romance is dead? (Source)
73D Printed Canine Legs
The legs have rounded feet. This unusual design serves an important purpose. Peg-like prosthetic feet can get stuck into the ground easily. Derby's rounded legs, however, let him keep going over small obstacles.
Derby's owners report that he now runs at least 2-3 miles every day--and faster than they can! He certainly looks happy about his new legs, too.
83D Printed Practicing Skulls
Dr. John Meara at Boston Children's Hospital wanted to help Violet. He had done this kind of surgery before, but every patient is different, and the bone reconstruction will be different for each one. That's where 3D printing comes in. Dr. Meara had his colleague Dr. Peter Weinstock make 3D models of the toddler's skull, using data from magnetic resonance imaging. Meara was able to practice with four skull models, in order to develop the best plan for Violet's surgery ahead of time.
Dr. Meara was able to move Violet's eyes closer together and eliminate a large hole in her forehead. She will have more surgery as she grows, but the first step was made much easier by the practice skulls. (Via)
93d Printed Guitar
"The layer is then dropped down a fraction of a millimeter, and another layer of powder is spread on top of the first." The process is repeated until the component is built.
And the best of all, they sound great. Check it out for yourself:
103D Printed Skateboard
From afar, the 3D-printed, twin-lipped skateboard printed by 3D Print UK may appear to sport an unusual texture, but it's actually a crazy collage of wacky creatures adorning the backside. The impressive deck measures 30.5 inches wide, 6.8 inches deep, and about 2 inches high.
3D Print UK founder Nick Allen mentions that the board is more an art piece than an actual method of transportation, but it does ride.
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