“It is the dawn of the era of 3D printing. From artificial prosthetics to very real human kidneys to filigree skull sculptures – the number and variety of applications for this technology are growing, layer by printed layer. Combine this with the decreasing cost of owning a printer, as well as the cheaper cost of manufacturing in general, and it appears that 3D printers are here to stay. So, why stop at a kidney?” asks Becky Chung on the TED blog.
The ten “revolutionary visions” she describes include:
- A jumbo jet proposed by Bastian Schaefer of Airbus
- Rocket parts being built now by NASA
- Handguns from Defense Distributed
- Meat and leather by US startup Modern Meadow
- Virtually any food
- A house made in a 6-meter tall printer in Amsterdam
- Liquid metal parts being researched at North Carolina State University
- Bionic ear that can hear radio waves, and titanium jaw bone
- High fashion
- A Moon base being developed by architecture firm Foster + Partners and The European Space Agency
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