Top 5 Videos: 3D Printed Houses & More!
This week’s Top 5 Videos include a variety of videos from many big names in 3D printing and general manufacturing. This ranges from 3D printing giant 3D Systems and desktop FDM 3D printer brand Ultimaker, to MIT research. Remember, a new episode of Top 5 Videos releases every Sunday, so don’t miss out on next week’s ranking!
1 – Color Changing 3D Prints
Researchers at MIT have created special dyes which change color when exposed to UV lights. When 3D printed, these parts can then have this light projected on them and change color, and can be changed back after. This has major implications for future clothes – if you are bored of your purple dress, just shine a light on it till it turns blue!
2 – 3D Printed Ears for Children with Microtia
Microtia is a condition that affects children leaving them with no/deformed ears. Using 3D printing, cells were taken from these children’s ears and grown into ear-resembling shapes. They were then grafted onto the children where they continued to grow as normal ears. This shows how 3D printing can help affected children live happier, more normal lives.
3 – WATG 3D Printed House
We recently spoke about the variety of work occurring in the 3D printed construction industry in our feature story. Another effort in 3D printing houses is this effort by WATG to create a house in which the sun can shine, and you can feel more in touch with nature. They said that they wanted to do this as the sun can change people’s dispositions and make people feel more happy.
4 – Casting Metal Parts from an Ultimaker 3D Printer
Though Ultimaker are not in the metal 3D printer market, they do operate in the production of metal parts, as shown in this video. Ultimaker 3D printers are used to create the casts which are then processed with metal to produce complex metal parts on-demand. 3D printing significantly speeds up this process and brings down the cost of one-off part production.
5 – 3D Systems and Decker Shoes
Decker Shoes are a prominent footwear brand who, with 3D printing, have taken their design and innovation process to the next level. Using 3D Systems’ ProJet 660 ColorJet CJP 3D printer, models can be realised in full-color to check the design and create prototypes. Using 3D technologies, the shoe can be visualised in full 3D before being produced.
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