Unusual and odd uses for 3D printing

Unusual and odd uses for 3D printing

Summary: Now that 3D printing has gone beyond the world of manufacturing, we're seeing a number of interesting and, frankly, odd uses of the technology.

TOPICS: Emerging Tech

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  • A food 3D printer

    Natural Machines has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Foodini 3D food printer.

    The Foodini Printer comes with empty capsules, which the user fills with whatever foods they wish. By using the device's touchscreen display, you then choose the shape and settings you want in order to create your dish. There are also pre-programmed recipes for dishes, including pumpkin gnocchi, pizza, cookies, and burgers.

    The point of the invention is to take away the hassle of cooking, but encourage you to use fresh food rather than sticking to pre-packaged, preservative-laden options.

    With 22 days to go, $48,452 has been pledged of a $100,000 goal.

    Via: Kickstarter

    Image credit: Natural Machines

  • 3D models of your unborn child

    For expectant parents, the recent option of taking home a 3D-scan photo of your unborn child is a popular memento.

    Taking things further, Japanese firm Fasotec is exploiting this business niche, and offers you something called "Shape of the Angel."

    If a photo isn't enough, take home a 3D model of your to-be family addition.

    Created through an MRI scan, an image of your child is given dimensional shape through software, before being manufactured through white resin and a 3D printer. Each model costs roughly $1,000 and measures 90x60x40mm.

    Via: SmartPlanet

    Image credit: Fasotec

  • Turning dolls medieval

    Barbie: fashion, mermaids, dream houses, and style dolls. How about warrior?

    Jim Rodda, a 3D-printing enthusiast, wants to develop an open-source 3D printed suit of plate mail compatible with Barbie fashion dolls. Dubbed Faire Play, the armor files will be distributed digitally and can be created from a range of materials.

    As strange as the invention is — although perhaps it is a welcome change from the usual clothes Barbie dolls wear — the funding campaign has gone beyond its original goal of $5,000.

    Via: Kickstarter

    Image credit: Faire Play

Topic: Emerging Tech

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  • To the amusement of the fools ?

    For example . .
    A viable vacuum chamber enhanced production facility that can produce durable components cost's $ millions
    and will probably do so in the foreseeable future.
  • Image number 5

    Nice-looking girl on image number 5 (you?). But her arm looks scaringly thin: rather like a case of anorexia....
  • Is there a story here?

    I have no idea what this story is about...I just saw a girl in a bikini top and had to click!
  • Prediction

    Within five years, there will be a thriving black market in 3D-printed goods.
    John L. Ries