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10 Real 3D Printing Projects

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Perhaps one of the most startling effects of 3D printing is not in the grand implications like making bones or airplanes (though that is super cool) but in how it’s going to change standard manufacturing. Take these cufflinks for example. They are pretty cool. Maybe not your style but you could see how someone would like them. Using Shapeways, the designer, GothamSmith, doesn’t need to carry any overhead as a business except what it takes to come up with the design. In most cases, this is just experience and a laptop. Otherwise the designs are sent off to Shapeways and when someone wants a fine pair of golden barrel cufflinks they order them—and they’re printed.

Someday however, people could have that Shapeways printer in their home. There was once a time where people didn’t own personal 2D printers either. There was a time when people had to go to a pharmacy to get pictures developed. There could be a time where we once had to go to the local jeweler to pick up a pair of golden barrel cufflinks.

  • mister g
    How many here saw the picture next to the link and clicked it? Not trying to be sexist but honestly how many?
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  • Tomsguiderachel
    mister gHow many here saw the picture next to the link and clicked it? Not trying to be sexist but honestly how many?Hi There, glad I got you to click. The bikini is a design to be printed on a 3D printer. Amazing, right? I'm sure that's why the organization behind the technology put up a youtube video about the bikini, specifically. Whatever it takes to get people interested in new tech!

    Rachel Rosmarin
    Managing Editor, Tom's Guide
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  • mister g
    At least this page allows comments, unlike in Tom's Style. I also think 3-d printing is pretty cool, but I got to this page from a little box on Toms Hardware showing articles from sister sites. Keep up the good work though!
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  • CaedenV
    Man 3D printing has come such a long way! Growing up my dad worked for a recently bankrupt 3D scanning company (great product, poor managers). He would bring home different busts and objects that they messed with on the computer and 'printed' with various types of 3D printers. The best I saw at the time was a mill that actually whittled down a block of wood or styrofoam. The worst were the old level-by-level printers that showed obvious lines between the tiers. But nothing was nearly so smooth and seamless as many of these examples.
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  • distanted
    I came for the altoid bikini, I stayed for the bone replacement project...that is simply amazing. The plane design concept is pretty cool, too. Hopefully their bikini project turns out better than my Mentos bikini and diet coke pool concept.
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  • nickallen1984
    For more info about 3D printing and see if you can get something printed for free have a look at www.3dprint-uk.co.uk - it is a very helpful and friendly site with masses of great info! They were really helpful with my project!
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  • mrmaia
    3d Printing is home industry! Can't wait to see how it will develop over time.
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  • back_by_demand
    So that's how they made Leeloo Dallas!
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  • DSpider
    back_by_demandSo that's how they made Leeloo Dallas!Fifth Element.

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  • JonnyDough
    The chocolate is pretty precise, but it seems as though it could get much more detailed and accurate. Perhaps they need to print it using more viscous (runny) "ink" and apply less at a time.
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