Poster by Xander Pakzad
Leave it to 3D printing to fascinate and creep us out at the same time. Here are three recent examples that show how yesteryear’s sci-fi is becoming part of our lives.
Architect Andrey Rudenko challenged himself—and his home insurance company—by 3D printing a castle. His homemade printer uses a common technique called fused filament fabrication, but instead of plastic, it extrudes concrete. Constructing a building from the bottom up prevents having to lift pieces up to the second floor—all you have to do is print it up there.
After a 12-year-old boy in China lost all feeling in his body following a soccer accident, doctors diagnosed him with a malignant tumor. In his NECK. (See, this is why I don’t exercise.) Fortunately, they were able to replace the problematic vertebra using, you guessed it, 3D printing. Although it's the first surgery of its kind, experts say 3D-printed orthopedic implants can lead to a faster recovery time and decreased chance of rejection. +1 cyborgs.
The latest food printer comes from 3D Ventures, and they’re focusing on dessert. Meet "Candy," the stripper -- I MEAN printer that can create custom cake designs, candies, and other sweets with precision and speed. Back their Kickstarter now to get your own Candy for a sweet $499.
With each iteration of 3D-printed food, we’re a step closer to the Star Trek replicator. Hey, if it’s good enough for Trip, it’s good enough for me.
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