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3D Printing Ideas Among 2012 “Science Fiction Become Facts” List

BuzzFeed posted an awesome list of the 27 Science Fictions that Became Science Facts in 2012. Among the list were ideas like invisibility cloaks, stem cell research, and self-driving cars. But 3 of the the 27 were stories about 3D printing innovations that we previously covered.


3D Printing Full-Size Houses

The D-Shape printer, created by Enrico Dini, is capable of printing a two-story building out of sandstone. Covered by us here.

3D Printing D-Shape


3D Printed Jaw Implant Rescues 83-Year-Old Woman

In a groundbreaking first, a medical team created a method for using 3D printing to fabricate a functioning lower jaw implant in titanium. Covered by us here.

Dr. Ivo Lambrichts Displays 3D Printed Jaw


Cheap, Flexible 3D Printed Solar Photovoltaic Film

3D printing using silver ink could create cheap and flexible solar panels. Covered by us here.

Solar Photovoltaic Film


Read the full list of science fiction “facts” at BuzzFeed.

Innovative and Strange 3D Printing: Chocolate, Stone, Candy, Organs

3D Printing is mostly known as a method for additive manufacturing of plastic polymer, used for prototyping, creating small tools, and designing works of art. Consumer-ready printers, like MakerBot, enable anyone to be their own mini manufacturing plant – of plastic goods. This is about to change.

Innovative as well as strange raw materials are starting to emerge in the 3D printing landscape.

Chocolate. The ChocoEdge printer lets you “melt some chocolate, fill a syringe that is stored in the printer, and get creative printing your chocolate.” Available at retail for $3940.

Sandstone. D-Shape has a 3D stereolithic printer that can create large-scale structures out of sandstone. ”It prints the structures using artificial sandstone which is sand or mineral dust glued together by an inorganic binder.” More at Fast Company.

Iced Tea and Bone? Two entries from Open3DP that make the strange category are iced tea and bone. Both examples have only been shown in the lab and are not commercial yet.

Candy. CandyFab4000 from Evil Mad Scientist. “Our three dimensional fabricator is now fully operational and we have used it to print several large, low-resolution, objects out of pure sugar.”

Organs. Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine is experimenting with 3D printed organs. While strange, this has huge commercial potential.


Via SolidSmack.