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Have you ever heard of 3D printing?

“According to trendwatchers, 3D printing  is the next big thing: in the near future, every household will own a printer that is capable of printing digital three-dimensional objects into a physical object. In the process that is best known under the name ‘Additive Manufacturing’, a 3D printing  builds up a model layer by layer by selectively hardening liquid or powder”. – Prof. Dr. Arnold Ratsberger

This is a full color 3D printing from www.3dprinthq.com ↓

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Since the start of the twenty-first century there has been a large growth in the sales of 3D printing machines, and their price has dropped substantially. The technology is used for both, prototyping ,and distributed manufacturing in jewelry, footwear, industrial design, architecture, engineering and construction, automotive, aerospace, dental and medical industries, education, geographic information systems, civil engineering, and many other fields.

*Lets look at some more examples of 3D printing:

 Wearable Planter  is a unique brand that creates jewelry for green thumbs. © Packaging design by Kelly Daly. The tiny containers that you see below were built using the  3D printing process.

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Nervous System:

Nervous System was founded in 2007 by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg.  They offer unique and affordable art, jewelry, and housewares, some of them created by 3D printing. Below are some of their 3D printed pieces.

 

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And here you can see some 3D printing sculptures designed by Eric Van Straaten  ↓

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WEBSITES OF INTEREST:

To learn about 3D printing and scanning. They also keep you updated on the latest industry developments ↓

www.3dprinthq.com

For 3D printing and laser cutting services ↓

www.Ponoko.com

A place to make, buy and sell 3D printing products ↓

www.ShapeWays.com

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TUTORIAL:

HOW TO DYE YOUR 3D PRINTS

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Full Colour 3D Printing Has Finally Arrived

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* As you can see, 3D printing has great  potential for artists and crafters. I would love to try it one day!

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