3-D printers are amazing things. Surprisingly, the first 3-D printer was invented over 30 years ago, and technology has made huge leaps forward since then. While most people may think of 3-D printers as gimmicky, printing only toys and novelty items, these printers can do so much more. 3-D printers are on the verge of saving lives, halting world hunger, manufacturing eco-friendly clothes and cars…and of course, a few fun items, too. Check out the 20 amazing printables below. If these don”t make you optimistic for the future, nothing will.
A Japanese company will print a 3D model of your fetus after an ultrasound for 100,000 yen, which is a little over $840 in American currency. Because, why not?
Watch this 3-D printed gun in action here.
One U.S. start-up, Modern Meadow, has created a 3-D printed meat prototype. Though it”s not yet suitable for human consumption, it does look like the real deal.
4.) Skin Grafts
After a bio-printer scans a patient”s wound, new skin can be printed directly onto the injury. A portable model, that can be brought to war and disaster zones, is in the works.
This 3-D printed trail bike is made of titanium and is fully customizable.
While not actually possible yet, there are multiple plans in the works to 3-D print houses, including this Dutch architect”s Landscape House.
The first 3-D printed car is called the “Urbee” and gets up to 200 miles per gallon of gas.
8.) Camera Lenses
Lenses can cost thousands of dollars. 3-D printing could make camera lenses much more affordable.
These printed ears are made from cow cartilage cells and collagen from rat tails. The ears have to be incubated for three months before they can be transplanted onto a human.
10.) Bartending Machines
Look out, bartenders. This 3-D printed machine can mix up any drink you want. I”ll take a cosmo, please.
11.) Custom-Fit Clothing
3-D printers can make custom-fit clothing using your body”s data. The printing process also leaves behind little-to-no waste, and could be an eco-friendly way to manufacture outfits very soon.
12.) Medical Models
3-D printed medical models could eliminate the use and need for cadavers in medical schools.
This printed flute is called a shakuhachi, a traditional Chinese flute dating back to the 8th century. This model was printed with bronze.
These shoes were printed by fashion designer Pauline Van Dongen as a part of the Future of Fashion exhibition in Amsterdam.
15.) Educational products
Maps and models for educational use can be made with 3-D printers, potentially making educational resources more affordable and accessible.
With 3-D printing, musicians can make replicas of their favorite guitarist”s instruments.
This printed bikini is waterproof, touted as the only swimsuit that becomes more comfortable when it gets wet.
This pizza-making printer was a project funded by NASA. Watch the pizza being printed here.
19.) “Adult” Products
3DEA, an adult store in New York City, sells customizable 3-D printed adult products.
20.) 3-D Printers
Yes, 3-D printers can print more 3-D printers. The RepRap machine costs $600 dollars, but can print itself over and over again. Talk about a return on your investment.
These printable products could change the world as we know it. Will 3-D printers be a household item in the near future? What would you print if you had one?