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 printed bikinis

    The N12 bikini is the first ready-to-wear garment produced purely through 3D printing technology.

    Designed by Continuum fashion, in cooperation with the Shapeways 3D Printing online printing store, the N-12 is composed of tiny nylon disks that hook together. Each component — including the strap, cups, and halter — are printed and sold separately, amounting to roughly $300 to own one for yourself once you snap each part together.

    Via: Continuum Fashion

    Image credit: Continuum Fashion

  • Making your own bagpipes and guitars

    3D printing can supply us with medical devices, guns, and vehicle parts, but it can also include the musical realm.

    In two examples, the Dreaming Pipes project on Kickstarter wants to allow 3D printing enthusiasts to create their own set of bagpipes at home. Considering the cost of traditional models, such a scheme could bring more pipe players into the fold.

    Secondly, the ATOM 3D printed guitar is on sale. Inspired by Les Paul, the bodies are fully printed from nylon, and each feature a wooden inner core. Dyed to order, each 3D printed guitar will set you back $3500.

    Via: 3dppvd.org | odd.org.nz

    Image credit: 3dppvd.org | Atom

  • 3D printed meats

    The future production of food is likely to be a problem as the human population expands and so do our meat requirements. Beyond scientists that are trying to create test-tube burger meat in labs to prepare for the potential crisis, the Thiel Foundation has awarded Modern Meadow funds to try and create bioprinted meat to satisfy the human need for protein.

    The image above, created by Modern Meadow, shows how many resources are consumed through livestock raising and meat production. In contrast, the company wants to use 3D printing to create synthetic meat in a less resource-hungry manner.

    Via: CNET

    Image credit: Modern Meadow

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?