From Amelia Agnosta. Category: Fashion Wear - Engineering Distortion

Stephanie Lempart: Fallen Angel Category: Sculpture - Rapid prototype

Sofia Bjorkman: Stone Collar - Jewellery

Ross Barker: Wrong Mongrel - Shoes

Joshua DeMonte, Cathedral Bangle – Jewellery

Jon Filder, Arkitypo Sculpture - 3-D printed alphabet

Francesca Smith: Momento - Jewellery - Nylon rapid protoyped components combined with hair and silk jersey textiles.

Erica Finowski: Puddle Sculpture - 3-D modeled in McNeel’s Rhinoceros and printed via the Objet Eden 350v. The material is a translucent photopolymer body with a handmade circuit enclosed.

Lynne MacLachlan: Phase Collection - Jewellery- 3-D printed and dyed nylon.

David Van Ness: Stacking Bull – Sculpture – Mass-produced silica reinforced plastic.

Neri Oxman: Arachné -Sculpture - Onjet rigi back and rigid white materials.

Foetal Medicine Project by Dr Jorge Lopes, developed with Dr Heron Warner, Dr Stuart Campbell and Ricardo Fontes at Technologias Humanas 3-D



Matthew Plummer-Fernam, dez Variants Collection - sculpture - 3-D prints in sandstone.

Olaf Diegal, Guitar


The World Of 3-D Printing At A Glance

A U.K. show offers a one-stop look at the world of 3-D printing.

Now that we can buy a personal 3-D printer for not much more than an iPad, what might we be likely to do with one?

Mathew Plummer-Fernandez - 3-D Sculpture in sandstone

We can already access toy, decor, jewelry and other designs to print at home and tinker with our own printable designs. We can also look forward, in the not-too-distant future, to being able to print components for everyday devices and household goods, so manufacturers could sell us designs rather than replacement parts when things go wrong.

An upcoming show can provide some inspiration for aspiring 3-D print producers. The 3-D Printshow in London next month will bring the future of manufacturing to the British public for what organizers claim is the first time.

Among the highlights is a performance from the first-ever 3-D printed band, with guitar, bass, violin and drum sticks all created using the method. There will be lots of jewelry, sculpture and other artwork as well as a collection of shoes and boots with attitude. Visitors can join workshops from leading experts including Jason Lopez, who created 3-D printed body armor for Ironman 2 and commission 3-D printed "mini me’s" that are created using body scanning technology to produce exact replicas of a full-size person.

Ross Barker - Wrong Mongrel

In addition to products aimed at ordinary consumers the show features some exhibitors showing more niche, cutting-edge uses of 3-D printing technology: for example a company that scans mummies and reconstructs what’s inside so that fragile wrappings don’t have to be removed.

Members of the medical community have been at the forefront of exploring the possibilities of 3-D printing, often using human tissue, with a range of developments including the printing of a human kidney.

At the London show, visitors can view the work of Brazilian design graduate Jorge Lopes Dos Santos who has developed a way of making physical models of fetuses using data from ultrasound, CT and MRI scans. One possible application could be for blind parents who are unable to see ultrasound scans. He developed the project in collaboration with Dr Stuart Campbell, a pediatric cardiologist at Imperial College, London.

Take a look at some of the 3-D printing applications on show in the gallery above.

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  • Louise Jack

    Hi Alex, they DID fail to mention that at the time! Nevertheless the possibilities are still mind-bogglingly impressive. 
    Thanks for the info, I'll check out Organovo, it's all so completely fascinating. 

  • Alex Madinger

    Great compilation of photos! It shows off some of the coolest trends in 3D printing.

    I want to note, however, that while we are printing with human cells to make basic biological constructs like arteries and nerve grafts, we are not printing human kidneys out of cells.

    The "kidney" shown in the TED talk was just to show you what it would be like if we could, and was actually plastic. They failed to mention that at the time but have released the information since. Refer to the company Organovo to see some of the latest advances in organ printing.