3D Printing, the Wave of the Future

3D Printing, the Wave of the Future

By:  Janet H Thomas, RID Having heard a lot of Buzz about 3D printing I decided to look more closely at this rapidly growing technology and its impact on design. Depending on the medium, 3D printing can generate just about anything you can imagine. For Interior Design and Architecture 3D SketchUp models can be exported to a 3D printer to create scalable models. Furniture manufacturers such as Humanscale are using 3D printing for product development and prototyping. It has also been utilized in lighting, flatware, decorative objects, sculpture and fashion. The Museum of Arts and Design has an upcoming exhibit “Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital” combining works by artists, designers and architects and their creative endeavors in 3D printing. London based Foster + Partners has teamed up with the European Space Agency to design housing units for the moon. The units are designed to allow for linkage to create a small lunar community. At New York Fashion Week 2013  3D printing hit the runway with clothing and accessories produced by Materialised. To see interesting ‘sea corral’ created on a 3D printer check out BoingBoing What could 3D printing do for you? 3d printed model by Bruce Gernand FRBS Photo credit: epredator / Foter / CC BY  

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