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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  • 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

  • Printing personalized sex toys

    If you want to add creative flair to your bedroom toys, Makerlove.com offers a variety of free sex toy design files so you can print products from your home 3D printer.

    The company's range includes both standard shapes and the bizarre (think Justin Beiber), and the firm recommends you buy vibrating motors from Vibrators.com, which is sponsoring the project.

    Via: Makerlove

    Image credit: Makerlove

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
  • Bait and switch

    I know right? Where's the girl?