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3D printing

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), refers to processes used to synthesize a three-dimensional object in which successive layers of material are formed under computer control to create an object. Objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and are produced using digital model data from a 3D model or another electronic data source such as an Additive Manufacturing File (AMF) file.

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3D Printed Earrings in Plastic

The great thing about 3D printed plastic earrings is that they are extremely light so they don't weigh down your ear lobes even if they are larger in size. This will be important as years go by and you notice that your ear lobes are sagging, along with other things :)

Contributed by Betty Chang

This type of 3D printing uses a new medium – conductive material – to create circuits. It can lower technology production costs and make certain gadgets cheaper and more accessible in the near future.

Contributed by Yasmeen Roumie

Turtle

It's amazing what 3D printing can do. This turtle received a new jaw thanks to 3D printing. Read the article below in the link if you want to learn more!

Contributed by Darby Oliver

Ultrasound

Doctors used a 3D printer to help a blind woman 'see' her baby for the first time. This is truly heartwarming. *Found on Facebook.

Contributed by Darby Oliver

Wheels printed out of metal!

Cool 3D-printed wheels that rotate well that are made entirely out of metal. Really cool

Contributed by Marcella Smith

Maimed Toucan Set To Receive 3D Printed Beak

"Last month, a toucan was brutally attacked by a bunch of youths in Costa Rica, an assault that left the poor bird mutilated and missing a substantial chunk of its beak. And the world was not happy about it. The incident quickly earned a lot of attention online, and it didn’t take long for people to dip into their pockets to help the fella out. Now, thanks to the generous public, the animal’s outlook may not be so miserable as he is set to receive a prosthetic replacement. According to BBC News, four different companies in the country said they have the skills to help him and have volunteered their services to 3D print the bird a new beak, which could be the first time that a toucan has received such a prosthesis."

Contributed by Rachel Peterson

First 3D printed car

A first . . . some day, you may wait at the dealer for them to print your car. For now it's still rough. If you look at the video closely, you can see each print layer (not very aerodynamic). They also don't drive it very fast. Will it fall apart? :)

Contributed by Chuck Kao

Yum! Printed food!

Contributed by Kathy Guo

Beam me up a cheeseburger Scotty.

Contributed by McKenna Yeates

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