Robot hand holding a ball

3D printing produces amazing objects

3D printers can now produce a wide range of complex and striking structures, inspiring artists and designers to adapt their creative techniques to conjure up new sculptures and fashion accessories.

A fully functional robot hand, produced at the US’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory using electron beam melting (EBM) technology. During the EBM process, data is read from a computer-aided design model and layers of titanium powder are melted and then fused to form the desired structure.
The first ready-to-wear 3D bikini top, created in nylon by the Shapeways 3D printing company.

3D printed prosthetic nose. The medical application of 3D printing is expanding, particularly in the area of reconstructive surgery.

Shapeways 3D printing company lets anyone upload their designs - like this face mask - and have them printed in a choice of materials at one of its factories in Eindhoven and New York.

Artists and designers are adapting their creative techniques to use 3D printers for producing sculptures and fashion accessories. This example comes from the 3D Printing Show in New York.

Joshua Harker’s Quixotic Divinity headdress was inspired by headdresses and masks from many cultures, and represents the symbolism and ceremony of human adornment.

The likeness of a woman produced by the Twinkind 3D printing studio in Berlin. After taking a 360° photographic scan, the image is rendered into a 3D digital model before being printed as a high-resolution figure.

Tomato Paint Soup: an Andy-Warhol-inspired work by Emanuele Niri on display at the 3D Printing show in New York.

The White Rabbit by Danny Van Ryswyk on display at the 2014 3D Printshow in London.

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