10 incredible things, 3D-printers available today




More than thirty years since Chuck Hull invented the first 3D-printer in 1983. Since then, the idea of ​​printing the objects crossed by car from fiction to reality, opening new opportunities for each of the spheres, from science to art.

3D-printing may still evolving, but over the past thirty years, technology has grown dizzy, both in terms of volume and in terms of usefulness of printed objects. And you know, it is not only piece-Druk and toys.

It is easy to remain skeptical with respect to the 3D-printing, which is still slower, more expensive and less efficient than the traditional production. But if we focus on the few remaining shortcomings of this technology, we can not see how far has gone 3D-printing.

Before you a dozen of the most incredible objects that can already be printed.
Body Parts

Ears, kidneys, blood vessels, skin and bones – it was printed successfully . Instead of the usual plastic, which is associated with 3D-printing, medical bioprinter use gel-like substance made up of cells. Is that in addition to bones, which are based on ceramic powder.

Advances in 3D-biopechati mean that one day doctors will be able to provide each patient perfectly adequate bone fragment, a flap of skin or kidney. Kidney, incidentally, is already there, but do not work.

And while bioprinter can not print the whole of man’s finitude, plastic printers can already print artificial limbs 100 bucks cheaper than a couple of hours.

This project NASA enough edible. Organization start finance printed on 3D-printer food to feed astronauts in space. Usually 3D-printers work with one cartridge material. Food printer prints several cartridges at once, containing materials such as dough, cheese or sauce.


If you replace the ordinary plastic cartridge 3D-printer melted chocolate and allow it to write futuristic Monogram on Cakes and Chocolates to begin a real paradise for the sweet tooth. You can print or paint anything that will draw on the computer, and then eat.

Chocedge – one of the first exclusive chocolate printers costing several thousand dollars. Nevertheless, in 3D-printing of confectionary reigns crazy competition. In January, The Hershey Company and 3D Systems announced a partnership to create all kinds of printed chocolates. If the company will replace its working 3D-printers, it greatly streamlines workflow.

Perhaps, clothing, printed on the 3D-printer until it is sold in stores, but it already exists. Model Dita Von Teese put first fully 3D-printed on the printer dress made especially for her.

For ordinary people, 3D-printing can mean exorbitant level of personalization of clothing, up to having their own tailor, literally speaking. 3D-printer can print clothing for every body. On the other hand, if you do not have such a figure like Dita maybe you just are not ready yet.

Musical Instruments

It is now possible to create a working musical instruments, fully 3D-printed on the printer. In the commercial sphere already have a guitar Odd 3D, which promises a unique view and acoustics class. MIT laboratory researcher Amit Zoran printed fully working flute. The German company EOS printed violin from the polymer.

The only problem is that the 3D-printed musical instruments do not sound as good as the traditional ones. Violinist Joanna Wronki played on a normal violin and printed at a concert in Amsterdam, and it became apparent that more like the audience.


Urbee 2 is more like a bean, rather than a machine. But in fact this is the first car made of 3D-printed on the printer parts.

Three-wheeled machine is cheaper and consumes less fuel than any other car on the market, but the 23-hp engine (with batteries) allows her to develop an incredible speed. 2 Urbee creators want to release the car on American roads within two years, but they have to do a little more work. Car, for example, does not meet the rules of the road the U.S. at the moment.

Perhaps most controversially, that you can print the firearm. The first model was called the Liberator and was developed by 26-year-old Cody Wilson. Now virtually anyone with 3D-printer and Internet connection can download and print your own gun from the plastic parts. But because it is made of plastic, does not mean that it is safe.

And although the FBI decided to print Liberator, he exploded, Wilson uploaded a video in which he successfully shoots. In general, it will soon be banned at the legislative level.

And what about the drones plying the heavens and printed on 3D-printer?

Researchers from the University of Southampton have developed SULSA, unmanned aerial vehicle, which may be subject to mass 3D-printing. Its maximum speed – 150 km / h, while in the air it can be a total of 30 minutes.


Drone made of plastic can be collected for 10 minutes, without using screws or other fastening means. As a result, you get a completely silent aircraft.
Toys for Adults

And of course, one of the first things that people have started to do with the advent of 3D-printers, steel sex toys. Industry already produces dildos, vibrating sleeves and other accessories. Some of them are personalized carefully.

It was possible to predict where all this will lead. In the end, we all know why people started using the Internet.


Actually on the 3D-printer can print and 3D-printer. With the advent of such a possibility, we closed the circle. RepRap – a printer with an open source software that does just that. Open source means that you can safely print and assemble all the parts. Just need to buy the unit itself ($ 500-600) and a program for printing, and then you can give all your friends on the printer.
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