3D printers appeared relatively recently. Not even all numerous users of computer technology know about the existence of such a product. The first prototype was presented in the mid-90s of the last century by Hewlett-Packard together with Stratasys. It was made more for promotional purposes than for practical use.
But very soon, architects and designers started to appreciate the capabilities of the new product. Less than a quarter of a century has passed and incredible objects have been created with the help of 3D printing, which we will explain in more detail below.
5 Amazing Things
1. Blood Vessels
What could be more fantastic than existing blood vessels printed on a printer? However, this is already a reality. With the help of a 3D printer, they are was successfully printed at the German Fraunhofer Institute. Initially, artificial biological molecules are created using the printer, which is then formed into capillaries and veins.
The main method of 3D printing is to form an object from a special material layer by layer. Hardening occurs under the action of ultraviolet radiation. The technology itself is at the stage of formation. High-quality creation of the microstructure of human capillaries is achieved with the help of high-precision laser pulses.
Construction has always been very expensive. For the construction of buildings, aluminum walls, doors, and other integral parts of our life, it is necessary to attract a large number of specialists of different profiles. The new technology of 3D printing offers to simplify this process, reducing the costly part of the construction to a minimum.
In Italy, a sample of a 3D printer was created that can use sand as a consumable material. Inventor Enrico Dini developed a magnesium-based substance capable of binding sand particles. The obtained structure is stronger than sedimentary rocks. Any building can be printed four times faster. The cost is almost halved and this is just the beginning.
The European Space Agency got interested in this development. Just imagine – the creation of a habitable research station on any planet that doesn’t require the delivery of bulky modules. It will be enough to send a reconnaissance vehicle equipped with a 3D printer to the planet. Before the arrival of the research team, the residential and working modules of the station will be printed using the planet’s soil.
Using 3D printing, you can create not only buildings, household items or art. It is also successfully suited for the manufacture of such a complex object as a modern car. The parts printed out on a printer are assembled together and the vehicle is ready.
Numerous supporters of the ecological mode of transport should evaluate the “printed” car. Able to accelerate to 200 mph, it uses electrical energy. Charging occurs when driving through solar panels or from an ordinary electrical outlet when parked.
Concord and Boeing already use 3D printing to create individual parts of the aircrafts they produce. The unmanned vehicle created with the help of 3D printing, with a wingspan of two meters, inspires companies to create 3D-printed, full-scale fuselages of airliners.
3D printing provides the ability to easily change the configuration in the manufacturing process and significantly reduces costs, especially at the design stage. There is no need to manufacture special machines and manufacturing lines for a particular model of aircraft.
This may sound crazy but the 3D printer became a chef. The printer is capable of creating culinary masterpieces. It was developed by students of Cornell University in conjunction with the French Culinary Institute of New York. Great dishes are prepared directly on the plate, just before serving. Chocolate, cheese, and other products can be made in forms which are difficult even for experienced chefs.