For the first time, London's Science Museum, on October 9 this year, has opened an exhibition on 3D printing for enthusiast innovators. It is titled as '3D: printing the future'. The exhibition features more than 600 printed arts ranged from replaceable body parts and organs to architectural, engineering and mechanic works.
Researchers and innovators expect that future entrepreneurs will be using this revolutionary 3D printing technology to produce almost anything that are usually industrially manufactured despite critics’ divergence to the fact that, 3D printing replacing the existing technologies is not happening in the near future.
3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is the technology that reproduces components or objects of any kind, shape and size from a mere blueprint of a digital file into a tangible, solid three-dimensional substance. It is an integrated procedure of three steps, mainly modelling, printing and finishing, quite similar to the traditional inkjet printing mechanism.
The 3D printing technology is gaining popularity in almost every fields of education, science and technology, medicine and biotechnology, art, fashion and lifestyle, food and consumption and many others.
Many companies that sell additive manufacturing systems are now aiming to provide free open source software for 3D printers in order to help users in accessing designs that are available in public domain and at the same time, ease the entire process of 3D printing for the innovators. This may drive 3D printers coming in reach of personal uses very soon.
Mini-me. Journalist and Presenter Evan Davies poses with a 3D printed model of himself in the exhibition.
Pneuma-2, an artistic representation of human lungs designed by MIT Professor Neri Oxman.
A 3D printed gun, created and fired by Finnish journalist Ville Vaarne.
Imbersive Embodyment, a nylon sculpture from Studio Tobias Klein.
The story was first published in INTELLECT Issue no.1, dated November 2013.