3D printing has the potential to radically transform the relationship between design, mass customization, and manufacturing across multiple industries. Deloitte and 3D Systems plan to combine efforts to guide business leaders through the full spectrum of solutions and capabilities required to harness the value and potential of this disruptive technology and integrate it into their business models for sustainable competitive advantage.
Half a millennium after Johannes Gutenberg printed the bible, researchers printed a 3D splint that saved the life of an infant born with severe tracheobronchomalacia, a birth defect that causes the airway to collapse.
Imagine turning a whiteboard, glass window or even a wooden table top into a responsive, touch sensitive surface. A low cost system developed by Nanyang Technological University, based on the principles of vibration and imaging that is able to track the movements of multiple fingers and of objects, can do just that.
Nature inspires creativity: in building a silent propulsion system for boats and water sport devices, researchers used the octopus as their role model. The system can be produced at a low cost and in a single step with a 3D printer.
Researchers at Queen's University's Human Media Lab have developed a new smartphone - called MorePhone - which can morph its shape to give users a silent yet visual cue of an incoming phone call, text message or email.
The Low Fi Hi Tech headphones is a research Project to find out a way to create a fully functional pair of audio headphones without any manufactured part, this means all the parts of this headset are raw materials, such as wire, tape, solder, magnets and of course 3D printed parts.
A project by industrial designer Joshua Harris, the clothing printer takes the whole 3D printing thing to a whole new level. This concept would bring clothing production into the home, potentially eliminating the need for closets, washing machines and dryers.
3Doodler is the world's first and only 3D Printing Pen. Using ABS plastic (the material used by many 3D printers), 3Doodler draws in the air or on surfaces. It's compact and easy to use, and requires no software or computers.