There is a new kid on the hardware block, and it’s name is 3D printing.
There doesn’t seem to be an awful a lot of mainstream attention given to this new process, of making three-dimensional solid objects, of virtually any shape, from a digital concept. Yet the benefits can clearly be seen by the intricate detailing one can achieve, which might otherwise be costly or hard to find a skilled hand to obtain.
There can also be environmental benefits to reduced waste (if the right method and process is conducted), but it is still early days for this method of production.
So, without further adieu, we’ve trawled the interwebs to find some excellent examples of what has already been created, and what possibilities lie ahead.
3D printed bikini, designed by Continuum Fashion
3D dress, modelled by Dita Von Teese, designed by Michael Schmidt
3D printed spectacles and sunglasses, for PQ, designed by Ron Arad
Mcor Technologies announce their full colour 3D printing at RAPID Conference and Expo.
3D printed headphones, industrial designer Brian Garrett
3D printed “myKEES LACE” business card holder, from studio Eposh
3D printed iPhone 4/5 Maze style case, created and sold by Polychemy
3D printed buttons, Studio Femke Roefs in collaboration with Leoni Werle
3D printed foot, created in 13 hours, as a base for a permanent silicone proesthetic, engineered by Novacopy Inc
3D printed cast, for fractured bones, a concept by Jake Evill
If you had the opportunity, what would you make?