Top 5 Coolest Things That Have Been 3D Printed
Monday September 14, 2015
Many aspects of printing are changing including the way people print, the frequency of which they print and the things they are printing. Printing technologies have evolved immensely over the years and one major innovation that is changing the future of printing is the 3D Printer. Although this is a still a fairly new concept, the printing experts at Cartridge World believe that 3D printing will be a great feature in the future of printing.
Here is our list of the top, coolest things that have ever been 3D printed:
- Local Motors’ Strati Car
Local Motors in Phoenix, AZ have topped the list with their 3D printed customized vehicles. The first vehicle was printed at the International Manufacturing Technology show in Chicago in 2014 and was printed in 44 hours from an ABS/carbon fiber composite material. The company plans to print another car, this one will be road-ready.
- 3D Printed Prosthetic Arm
Roel Deden, who is a graduate of the Dutch Design Academy in Eindhoven, decided to reimagine a 3D printable version of the arm called the Printhesis. Deden did this when she learned that the prosthetic that her friend was currently using, made out of titanium and fiberglass, cost upwards of $8900, was heavy, and oftentimes uncomfortable. The device, which cost about $335 to print and won The Netherlands’ 2015 James Dyson Award.
- 6-Story Office Building
China-based WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. has made significant progress in their drive to 3D print livable homes and other structures. They have managed to 3D print an entire apartment building, consisting of 6 stories, as well as an impressive home. The machine they used to create the building is 20 feet tall, 33 feet wide and 132 feet long. The company 3D printed the walls of this office building within their manufacturing facility before shipping them off to the build site.
- Functioning Lawn Mower
South African engineer Hans Fouche, who has been working on a large-scale 3D printer in his garage called the Cheetah, decided to use it for something functional— a lawn mower. The white ABS lawn mower remarkably took just 9 hours to print. Fouche has also 3D printed a variety of interesting objects such as a vacuum cleaner and furniture.
- 3D Printed Miniature Power Tools
Lance Abernethy, from Auckland New Zealand, created two functioning power tools, the world’s smallest working drill and a circular saw. Both tools actually function, but because of their small size its very difficult to get either of the tools to actually be of any use besides getting a ton of attention. Abernethy plans to create an even smaller drill, using a smaller battery that he has already found.