The 3D printing industry has been booming recently, with it becoming much more accessible, affordable and easy to print three dimensional items, both for big businesses and at home. From the mundane, everyday items to cutting-edge technologies, the possibilities are endless when it comes to a 3D printer! With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of ten of the most incredible items which it’s possible to print today. Unique and affordable priced Robox 3D printer with incredible features available at Currys is a new addition to this segment. Check out the vouchers offered by VouchaCodes.co.uk to save some extra.
10 – Selfies
Yes – you read that correctly. With a 3D printer, the technology is there to print out your photographs and selfies in three glorious dimensions. This might sound like a bit of a gimmick, but think about all the personalised cake toppers that you could create! Alternatively it could revolutionise the toy industry. Either that, or it’s just for those who are slightly more vain than the rest of us!
09 – Model foetus
These days, it’s fairly common practice for a woman who’s expecting to order a printout of an ultrasound scan as her first image of how her baby will look. In the relatively recent past this developed into 3D scans, where mothers can view three dimensional images of their babies on a screen. However, it’s now possible to take this one step further and actually print out the three dimensional scan. In other words, mothers-to-be will be able to hold a perfect model of their child before it’s even been born. For some it may be a little too extreme, but for others this might be the way of the future!
08 – Musical instruments
From guitars to Stradivarius violins to flutes, there’s a huge range of musical instruments which can be created from 3D printers. Of course they are all in full working order, so before long you’ll be able to make sweet music on something that you’ve created in the comfort of your own home!
07 – Camera lens
A camera lens is a fairly technical piece of kit, but it’s now possible to make your own using a 3D printer. It’ll have to use acrylic instead of glass, meaning that the images won’t be as clear and crisp as with a conventional, shop-bought lens, but that’s a small sacrifice to make. In any case, it might not be long before we can create our own glass lenses as well!
06 – Spare parts
Imagine it: your car breaks down, your washing machine breaks, and you lose a screw when you’re trying to put up a shelf. Instead of calling out a whole host of expensive companies to repair your items, all you need is a design for the particular part which you need in a file which is compatible for 3D printers, and you can make the spare part to fix the problem yourself!
05 – Children’s drawings
If your child has created a masterpiece on paper for you, chances are that it’ll end up on the fridge (or some other blank surface). What happens when you run out of space, or you fancy a spring clean? It isn’t always possible to keep all your children’s drawings on display, but now there’s another option. Now you can print out your child’s drawing into a three dimensional model, complete with whatever shading or colouring they’ve included. This is another really original way to immortalise your children’s artwork forever – and the best part is that it’ll free up all your wall space again!
04 – Household items
When you can print practically anything at home, why bother heading out to buy anything anymore? You can create loads of little household gadgets which you’ll use every day – everything from juicers to measuring spoons to coasters to protectors for your plug sockets. If you can think of it, and you can use it around your house, then you can print it!
03 – Clothes
A company called Continuum Fashion has already created a revolutionary bikini created from a 3D printer. This might sound relatively simple in itself, but there is the hope that this will develop into more advanced technology. In the near future, it might be possible to have your body scanned and have clothing printed to fit your own specific body shape and measurements. The search for the perfect fitting pair of jeans will be over!
02 – Crime scenes
Very often in court cases, the police and prosecutors go to great pains to recreate crime scenes using photographs, drawings, actors and re-enactments. However, thanks to 3D printers, creating representations of crime scenes has now become a whole lot easier. By printing out images that can be seen in photographs, it will be much easier for everyone inside the courtroom to get a good sense of true layouts and events. This could change the look of our justice system forever!
01 – Bionic body parts
Just because you’re using a printer doesn’t mean you have to just print with ink or plastic. Scientists have worked out how to print out layers of cells in the shape of body parts – such as the ear – which grow together and may be able to develop natural sensations. At the moment they’re just looking at relatively simple body parts, and nothing’s been attached to a living human yet, but who knows how long it’ll be before we start printing hearts and other organs?