3d printing: from racing cars to dresses to human tissue
\"This is a very exciting technology that gives us the benefits of shortening delivery times, reducing costs, and really increasing the flexibility of our engineers to innovate. \"In the past, the concept of the final product took at least four weeks, and now may be the next day. Dan Walmsley of Strakka Racing is talking about their new prototype, Strakka Dome s93. This is a racing driver who must bear hardships and stand hard work; It was designed for the World Endurance Championship, which includes the Le Mans 24-hour tournament. In that game, it will go further than the F1 car in the whole season. \"[3D printing] It enables us to try things, test things, sometimes we are right, sometimes we are wrong, but it gives us a clear direction, it enables us to extract from the car \"We\'re not talking at Silverstone ( Where the Strakka team is located)- We are at the 3D printing show in central London. Strakka has been working with Stratasys, one of the major players in the industry, to develop components for their cars. They have used Rapid Prototyping before. \"Because of our past experience with 3D printing, we had to go through some mindset shifts. . . \"It\'s pretty powdery,\" said Mr Walmsley . \". But as soon as we see these components They are strong enough and light enough that they can really compete with cutting-edge technology in terms of materials. \"While we may not make the most of it in this car, in the future you will see a much higher percentage of cars. \"The car has, among other things, 3D printed brake pipes, air outlets, dive planes and dashboards. This technology is very far from the rough novelty plastic objects made of colored filaments ( Although the consumer version may depend on this for some time to come). Gartner says consumers may still have five to 10 years to go before mainstream applications of the technology, but applications for commercial and medical purposes are much faster. Meanwhile, Canalys expects the market to reach $16. 2bn in 2018 - It is growing at a rate of nearly 46% per year. Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen has been using 3D printing since 2010, Australian XYZ studio created the InBloom Dress in 2014, and Scottish Pringle used it in the fall/winter season ready to wear 2014/15 Fashion like 3D printing. Noa Raviv is a young Israeli designer. She worked with Stratasys to develop a range of clothing that features intricate spider folds and folds made on the printer. She said the technology offers exciting possibilities for creating unique outfits, but there are no plans to sell them yet. \"I got a lot of quotes, but it would be very complicated to make more copies at the moment because the process is very expensive at the moment and the rest are hand sewn But she notes that while fabrics have not yet become mainstream, accessories for 3D printing are more readily available. Andre Shaw is a colleague. Founder of online jewelryup Wonderluk. The customer selects the item and customizes it. Then print and deliver within two weeks. \"I think we exist because of 3D printing. 3D printing allows us to do what we should do. But I wouldn\'t say 3D printing is ours. Selling point]. \" he says. \"We mentioned our 3D printing, but our products need to stand up on their own. Design needs persuasion. \"The film industry uses 3D printing in the production of clothing and props. \"Part of the work that 3D printing allows us to do is work with designers on the other side of the Atlantic,\" said Grant pilsmann, director of clothing and props expert FBFX. His company has filmed a series of impressive Hollywood blockbusters, including the Marvel series Captain America and Thor: The Dark World in the UK. The most recent one was guardians of the Galaxy. \"We have concept designers in Los Angeles who will send us 3D concept models and then we can take over the finishing touches. . . . Effectively print out what started in America. \"Design giant Autodesk is the company behind thousands of CAD ( Computer-aided designfiles - Tell the printer what to print. They have invested so much in 3D printing that the company has announced its own open source printer. \"I think it\'s verbally moving to the mainstream,\" says Jesse Harrington of Autodesk . \". \"I think we are very close to manufacturing. If you walk around here, you will see a lot of metal, there are a lot of ceramics, people do very interesting things with casting, carbon fiber, there are a lot of things coming out. \"The consumer side -- The cost has been reduced. . . So now we have taken the next step to teach these things. \"Before we really do that, we can really tell people what to do, or companies like Hasbro, Disney, Mavel, and start publishing these documents, so the kids can make their own toys, and I think that\'s when you\'ll see big adoption happen. \"Health care is a fast-growing market. Dentistry has been using 3D printing on bio-dentures for a while now it is used for maxillo facial surgery to help repair the part of the chin. It is used to make prosthetic devices including ears and robotic arms. At the ( Sometimes literally) It began to sound more like a replicator in Star Trek, like printed blood vessels, kidneys, and other organs. Alan Faulkner- Jones, a PhD researcher at the University of herritot Watt, has built his own 3D bio-printer. \"Biological materials are traditionally cultured in two dimensions in biology, but cells in the body are three dimensions,\" he said . \". \"So, if you want cells to do everything they should in the body, then they have to be arranged in a 3D way in the lab, just like they are in the body. \"When you print, this machine enables you to store cells in a 3D structure. Like standard 3D printing, it works layer by layer and it uses two different liquids to form a gel matrix when they are combined [ Can hold cells. \"The ultimate goal is to print 3D liver microtissue - An organ on a chip This is the same way that the whole liver reacts, but the scale used to test the drug is much smaller. Ideally, the model system of the whole human body is the target- The human body on the chip. The purpose of this is to reduce dependence on animal trials and the possibility of eventually replacing animal trials. All this is far from us. But even if we never really accept the idea of having a 3D printer sitting at home, or if it doesn\'t change the face of manufacturing as some have predicted, this technique may produce a functioning kidney from your own cells Or help rebuild the face of the victim. Not going anywhere soon.