3D printing has been in the spotlight for several years now, unleashing a storm of enthusiasm but it had also attracted a great deal of scepticism. However, one thing is for sure – 3D printing technology found its way into business and education, and it’s here to stay. Today, 3D printers are cost-effective and convenient tools in manufacturing, medicine and fashion.
Imagine the scene: it’s breakfast time in the home of the future. Dad has just finished 3D printing a customised breakfast for his son, complete with lego-shaped hash browns and eggs that resemble the faces of his favourite cartoon characters. Using the 3D scanner that is a staple app nowadays Mum scans her 3D printed breakfast, working out how many calories is in it.
What do cave paintings and 3d printer designs have in common? The fact that humans have always had the urge to create and express themselves. Today, we still have the opportunity to be artistic – but there has been increasing concern that creativity is being diminished under the strain of delivering curriculum-driven results.
Over the past year we have been 3d printing cell phone covers as part of 3DHubs partnership with Fairphone. In December, Fairphone asked its community to submit a range of designs and then chose five. Now, customers can choose a design and select a 3D printer based on location.
Earlier in the week we revealed the first part of our interview with Donald Lindsay, musician and inventor of instruments. His latest invention is a 3D print of bagpipes. The second and final part of this 3d printing news explores fresh ways of printing and how 3D printing might change the music industry.