"I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific."
- Lily Tomlin
Up until now, you might have heard only some vague things about 3D printing. While t-shirts have for long been 3D printed, there are other items which can be made with this interesting technique, that you may not have heard before. Did you know that the 3D printing technique can be used to print amazing toys and musical instruments? More recently, food has also been added to this list. Yes, food! But before we start listing off all the wonderful things you can make with 3D printing, let us first understand what 3D printing actually is.
3D printing uses a process known as additive manufacturing, where 3D deposition printers slowly deposit layers of material, one on top of the other until a product is created. Some materials used in this process are plastics like Polyastic Acid (PLA) , Polyvinyl Alcohol Plastic, resins like paintable and transparent resins, various powders and metals. Some of these are actually biodegradable and eco-friendly, which is one of the main reasons why the 3D printing industry has taken off rapidly and is continuing to get so much attention. This interest has further been shown by regular people and home-based artists to create wonderful 3D printed objects from the comfort of their homes.
Today, the wide world of 3D printing has given people some great ideas for making 3D printed DIY objects. After all, the 3D printing process isn’t that difficult if done carefully and patiently. All you need is a nice working 3D printer, raw material for the object or objects you want to create and some really fabulous ideas and you’re ready to start!
Well, we know ideas are not that easy to come by, so here are 5 amazing things you can make with 3D printing :-
- Food –
With the advent of 3D printing, there has been a huge breakthrough in the food industry today. It is no longer just an idea, but a reality which can change food production through better sustainability and creativity. The 3D printers that are used for manufacturing food use lasers, powdery materials and nozzles. This is opening up new doors for food customization and delivering nutritious food.
- Clothes and Accessories –
In recent years, the use of 3D printing in the fashion industry has been increasing greatly. Additive manufacturing gives fashion a wide range of possibilities as it is used during the creative process, for production and for prototyping. In fashion design, when it comes to designing clothes and accessories, 3D printing makes it possible to create shapes without molds. This helps in producing elements which have extreme intricacy that one could not reach otherwise.
- Sculptures and toys –
With the help of 3D printing, it is now possible to create toys and sculptures too. By printing the prototypes, manufacturers are able to control the quality of the design and compare different versions. In fact not just manufacturers, but the availability of 3D printing services has made it easier for hobbyists and home-based artists to create amazing 3D printed toys, sculptures and gadgets. The best part is that these objects come right out of the 3D printer with movable parts and they don’t even have to be assembled.
- Musical Instruments –
In the music industry, a lot of experimentation is done in order to use additive manufacturing to make a range of musical instruments at a lower cost. Some of these 3D printed musical instruments are 3D printed wind instruments, 3D printed string and percussion instruments. The 3D printing process allows different instrument designs too, for example, the 3D printed guitars having different designs.
- Cameras –
A 3D printed camera is basically a pinhole camera. It consists of a movable shutter which covers or uncovers the hole and allows light to pass through briefly and land on the strip of film that awaits on the opposite end. Then, all you need to do is load a strip of film into the body, and you’re ready to start taking pictures. The photographs captured from a 3D printed camera are of really great quality and the entire set-up costs just a fraction of the cost of a conventional modern film camera.