Creative use of 3d printing
The combination of 3D printing technology and human creativity generates endless, wonderful creations. The beauty of the 3D printing industry is that even the sky is not the limit! 3D printing, a relatively new industry from recent years, is already taking key role in every single niche and field of our lives – From Military and Health markets to Toys, Space, Home decor, Sports, Education and more.
3d-printing partner chose small sample of the most creative use of 3D printing, you will be amazed to read about wonderful & creative initiatives produced with 3D printing. (Click to view our 3D printing Advantages article)
Creative 3d printing success stories:
- 3D Printing Environmental Care
Protection of the natural environment using creative 3D printing solutions is just the best success story we could all wished for. MakerBot, one of the world leading 3d printer manufacturers decided to bring up their experience and technology and rescue Mother Nature with the creative “Project Shellter” – saving the Hermit Crabs shells. It have been discovered that Hermit Crabs suffers from shortage of shells. This problem forces the crabs to search for none natural shell alternatives found on the ocean floor.
Obviously many crabs have no choice but to adopt all kinds of different crafts as their shell instead (bottle caps, industrial waste, etc.) Makerbot designed few creative plastic shells models in order to offer the best matching alternative for the crabs, since throwing plastic shells in the ocean is far from being environmental friendly, by the time ceramic or natural materials shells will be produced the creative plastic shells by Makerbot serve the hermit crabs pets store industry. This is wonderful example of creative 3D printing that serves Mother Nature.
- 3D Printing in SPACE
The creative use of 3D printing technology serves us all on planet earth but also in space. The endless opportunities 3d printing providing us, allowed NASA to declare (on July 2012) they will examine 3D printers that will let astronauts produce their own equipment as they travel in space. Astronauts will be able to make any object (even metal materials 3D printing) during their space missions, whether it will be mechanical parts or objects for their own use. NASA focused on designing a 3D printer capable of producing objects in low gravity environments, low gravity effects 3D printing material performances.
The use of creative 3D printers in Space will serve both Mars bound astronauts and also other Space missions planned.
- 3D printing living cells
Creative use of 3d printing has already been tested in the Health sector, reproducing broken glasses with 3D printer is only one simple example, printing lab equipment, pharmaceutical machines and crafts is already in worldwide use. If 3D printing creates glasses and crafts why not living tissues, live organs and cells? Think about the organ donor industry with 3D printing technology!
A huge and probably one of the most creative 3D printing achievements was made by Surgeon Anthony Atala, which demonstrated how 3D printer can use living cells (just like using any other material) to create transplantable kidney. The creativity and growing use of 3d printing technology will most likely allow humanity to get to higher levels and print entire organs.
- 3D printing creative Street Art
The most creative use of 3D printing is most likely used by the most creative people. Street Art always brought color and creativity into our lives. Now that the 3D printing technology is blooming, more and more artists express their creativity using combination of 3D scanning, 3D digital modeling software’s and 3D printing. Artists like Greg Petchkovsky showing us what 3D printing creative art is all about. Greg’s famous street art 3d printed work was created on a chipped step; the broken part of the steps was filled with object printed from sandstone with colors and shapes of LEGO cubes. The result is just awesome and creative! The pattern of mixing digital sculpture art with real object is surely a trend that will continue to grow in the future.
To view Greg’s LEGO 3d printing street art video click here: http://vimeo.com/43442146
- 3D printing creative Gifts
The best gift to print in 3D printing is the one you cannot buy!
It’s not always easy to surprise someone with best creative gift, 3d printing allows you to make it BIG! The best thing about 3d printing creative gifts is the fact that you can create unique gift that cannot be purchased anywhere.
Take MakerBot’s owner, Bre Pettis, for example. Bre Pettis printed creative and unique Hanukkah gifts to his Jewish employees using his own 3D printer. He also took a photo of his daughter in a 3D photo booth and printed his daughter model as small objects, then he sent it to his entire family – according to Bre Pettis they just love it. Another popular example is 3D printing Kids Drawings.