It’s one thing to talk about how 3D printing and additive manufacturing will influence the automation industry — it’s another to see the products of a new technology. Now the production of these particular objects will probably have little impact on the market, but they all demonstrate new applications for 3D printing that could soon be making waves in traditional manufacturing.
10 3D printed objects that defy traditional manufacturing
by Chris Waldo
Gyro The Cube
This design by Shapeways user Virtox isn’t new, but it is more than explosive within the 3D printing world. Not only does this model offer high detail, hollowed sections, and a complex center – but it is a functional object. If you haven’t seen it “in action,” I highly recommend that you watch this video. Gyro The Cube is an exceptional example of a fully functional object coming straight from a 3D printer. Details here.
Objet’s 3D Printed Toddler
At least to my knowledge, not a single style of manufacturing can do something similar to what Objet did with this print. This “child,” with visible internal bone structure, is composed of multiple materials, all created layer-by-layer. Look at the levels of intricacy for yourself. Traditional manufacturing can’t even attempt something like this. Detail here.
Take a look at all ten objects at 3D Printer. Is the production of a transparent doll going to send shock waves through the industry? No, but the possibility of multiple material 3D printing might. How do you see 3D printing’s capabilities impacting traditional systems?