Check out the most unusual things created by 3D printer
3D printers are literally a dream come true; now we are able to print whatever our heart desires, and the best thing is that those things will not be one dimensional. People are creating amazing things in the fields of medicine, art, music, everyday life and it seems that the 3D printer is literally a life saver. What do you think about these unusual things that were “born” from the 3D printer?
1 A working gun
Even though it looks more like a toy than a deadly weapon, the world’s first 3D-printed gun has gun control advocates as well as pro-gun rights enthusiasts concerned and excited. Last year, the radical libertarian and anarchist from the University of Texas’ Law school, Cody Wilson, announced plans for printing a gun. In that order, he established a non-profit organization called Defense Distributed, which was funded to fabricate the weapon and distribute the plans. Wilson and his team achieved their dream, successfully testing the “Liberator” on a Texas firing range. Except for a firing pin made from a metal nail, the gun is made from plastic pieces printed on an $8,000 Stratasys Dimension SST 3D printer. The gun successfully shot a 380 caliber bullet, but exploded when its creators tried to modify it to shoot a larger 5.7×28 rifle cartridge.
The world’s first 3D-printed violin is half technological wonder, half papier-mache project. Alex Davies was the man who used 3D printing to make a plastic form for the violin’s body, which he and his team then covered in newspaper and glue. A piece of cardboard made the neck and some picture-hanging wire served as strings. The creators used only twelve dollars to create it and it actually produced sound, although not so good.
3 Dead King’s face
After discovering the skeleton of long-lost King Richard III under a parking lot in Leicester, England, archaeologists turned over the skull measurements to facial reconstruction expert Caroline Wilkinson of the University of Dundee. Caroline Wilkinson and her colleagues sculpted computerized flesh to computerized bone and then 3D printed the resulting bust — a lifelike look at a man dead for more than 500 years. Creepy and awesome at the same time.
4 Bionic ear
To make the ear, the researchers printed the gel into an approximate ear shape and cultured the calf cells on that matrix to create something appropriately biological. An infusion of silver nanoparticles creates an “antenna” for picking up radio signals, which can then be transferred to the cochlea, the part of the ear that translates sound into brain signals. For now, the researchers don’t plan to use the bionic ear in real medicine. At least, not yet.
Japanese company Fasotec is the one that came up with this. The engineering firm can take magnetic resonance images (MRI) of a developing fetus in the womb and convert them into a 3D-printed paperweight of your fetus in white plastic. Fasotec’s main gig is creating 3D prints of scanned organs for doctors and medical students, so fetus keepsakes are something of a promotional sideline. Japanese moms can get theirs for about 100,000 yen (about $975), not including the cost of the MRI. Do you wonder who would want to have their fetus printed in 3D? Yes, we do too.
Not all 3D printers have to build their creations with plastic. The Sugar Lab, based in Los Angeles, uses sugar to create delicate and delicious 3D printed cake-toppers. At Cornell University, researchers are experimenting with creating shaped candies and 3D-printed cakes embedded with secret messages in different-colored batter. They even made an octopus out of corn dough. Okay, this changes everything and we are in love with this idea.
7 Egyptian Hairstyle
Ancient Egyptian women were often mummified wearing braids. The magic of 3D printing was used to recreate those wigs. Researchers at McGill University’s Redpath Museum revealed detailed facial reconstructions were created with a combination of computed tomography scanning and 3D printing. This is how the ancient Egyptian wigs looked like.