Though it isn’t entirely 3D printed (the bulk of it was printed in small pieces that were assembled on site, and the building itself is partially constructed with traditional materials), it’s still impressive. The Winsun Group isn’t the first to print a building, but this one stands tall at five stories.
3D printing has proven itself great for creating replicas, but when it comes to highly precise items like musical instruments the process can make the real deal, too. Acoustic guitars are a popular choice, but violins and flutes have been made as well.
The process of printing a liver and other organs may soon solve the problem of organ shortages for medical use. Using stem cells from the intended patient, the process can create functioning tissue to recreate organs with strong odds of not being rejected by the host.
Keeping things in the medical field for a moment, let’s talk about prosthetic limbs. It’s not surprising that an early medical use for 3D printing was to create prosthetic limbs customized for each individual patient’s needs. But what is surprising is RoboHand, a fully functioning and articulate hand designed for those without fingers. RoboHand is capable of holding and gripping objects with the same full range of motion as an actual hand.
The Smithsonian Institute has been testing a program called X 3D since 2013. X 3D allows web users to see select items from the SI collection in full 3D, allowing those who can’t visit to inspect the items from all angles. It also allows users to print the items they are viewing, which allows visitors to own replicas of history (very cool) and researchers to have access to the items without having to actually move or otherwise inspect the original, helping to better preserve it.