THIS YEAR’S CES in Las Vegas was the first to host a dedicated 3D Printing Zone, with companies from every corner of the globe showing off their latest 3D printing innovations. While the 3D Printing Zone at CES was home to some exciting gadgets and…
3D printing is just getting started, and it looks like we’re going to see more and more amazing applications, thanks to the brilliant minds who have become fascinated with the technology. From chocolate 3D printing to printing out meat – the possibilities really are endless!
And then there is the Solar Sinter Project, which harnesses the power of the sun AND sand to 3D print objects. How cool – or hot – is that?
World hunger is a very real and pressing issue, although sometimes, it is difficult to understand why. Even in developing countries where there are pockets of starvation in the populace, you will also see excesses when it comes to food. For sure, there is a complex web of underlying reasons for this problem, but no matter what your stand may be in this issue, there is no doubt that there are hungry people all around the world. And what better application for technology than to find ways to feed everyone?
How about some 3D-printed meat?
Okay, I have to admit that I have been all over 3D printing since I heard about it. I have thought of and read about so many applications it could be used for. But for the life of me, it never occurred to me that this technology can be used to replace those high-tech ultrasound thingies done by expecting mothers.
Yeah, forget about 4D ultrasound. Why do that when you can get a 3D-printed fetus?
If you are the same way, then you will like the idea of the Spider Guitar, which is a 3D printed guitar. The idea is “owned” by Olaf Diegel, a mechatronics professor at Massey University. What a mechatronics professor does exactly – don’t ask me! ((Wikipedia on mechatronics))
Diegel used to only dream about his 3D printed guitars, but thanks to the development of 3D printers – and the fact that his school is fortunate enough to have several desktop 3D printers – the professor was able to create real guitars, albeit rather small. The limitation, obviously, is the size of the printers. However, Diegel is already looking forward to the possibility of the school having a large-scale printer before the year ends.