3D Printed Ear
You’ve seen 3D printing make fashion garments and body prosthetics, so it’s not too much of a leap to imagine a 3D printed organ. Scientists at Princeton University designed this bionic ear that can actually hear even better than human ears. The 3D printed cells and nanoparticles with a small coil antenna create the cyber ear that can be installed onto a real human and hear radio frequencies a million times higher than our own ears.
3D Printed Medical Models
Surgeons and medical practitioners often have to practice procedures on dummy models or cadavers, but as you can imagine those options are either slightly inaccurate or expensive and a limited resource. Now with 3D printed models practice dummies are easier to come by and more accurate which is great for patients and surgeons also.
3D Printed Cast
Jake Evill broke his hand and was stuck with an arm cast that he found “archaic.” So he designed a cast for the millennial: a 3D printed, lightweight, washable, and breathable. It lets in air and prevents that age-old feeling of gross itchiness and suffocation the usual plaster casts come with. Plus, they just look super cool.
3D Printed Beak for Bald Eagle
Beauty the bald eagle was shot in the face by poachers an attack she survived but ultimately left her debilitated without her beak. She had virtually zero chances of survival that’s when Raptor specialist Jane Cantwell and mechanical engineer Nate Calvin stepped in with a specially designed 3D printed beak prosthetic. With this new beak beauty will be able to live a life as if those poachers never attacked her.
3D Printed Camera Lens
This camera – including the lens – was made completely with a 3D printer, and it actually works! Camera lenses are made from either acyrlic or sandblasted resin, and it has all the moving parts that allow you to change aperture, load and unload film. The photos that come from this 3D printed camera aren’t exactly crisp or super pristine, but they have a dreamy quality about them that you would expect to come out of a handcrafted camera.
3D Printed Buildings
When you think about 3D printing, you usually imagine printing little gadgets, lifehacks, and little things that make your life easier. If you take that to its logical conclusion, you might wonder if we’ll ever have 3D printed buildings and housing. Well, we do, and they were printed and constructed by WinSun in China.
3D Printed Tampon Magazine
Here’s something I’m sure none of us thought would exist: a Tampon Magazine. It’s meant to make you have fun and feel cute storing your tampons in a hyper-femme bullet style box, letting you shoot ‘em out whenever you need. It isn’t really space efficient or practical but it is a way to bring something fun into what is arguably the worst time of any lunar cycle.
3D Printed Varius Violin
If you’re into instruments at all you’re probably aware of the Stradivarius Violins and string instruments renowned for their well-made instruments. The 3Dvarius violins brings that model to the modern age with a slick 3D printed polymer design and funky synthetic sound. While it is based on the Stradivarius violins, it’s goal was to be it’s own unique shape and have it’s own unique sound.
3D Printed Pizza
Try explaining to someone from 10 years ago that NASA funded a 3D printing project to print pizza. Well, that’s the reality we are living in. The company known as BeeHex was commissioned by NASA to develop palatable food for astronauts’ deep space journeys to Mars. The printer can create specific flavors and toppings and even shapes based on scanned .JPEG files to keep those bored astronauts appeased on their years-long journey. Humans aren’t scheduled to make any trips to our sister planet until the early 2030s, so we’ll probably be seeing these printed pizzas at theme parks and novelty restaurants until then.