The Latest in 3D Printing Creations
Charles Hull first introduced the concept of 3D printing over 30 years ago. One of the first projects that the inventor ever created using the technology was a miniature plastic cup. Today, a wide variety of people use the devices to manufacture everything from mechanical parts to artificial limbs. Everyday consumers have the option of ordering objects from print services in Las Vegas. So what does 3D printing hold for the future? There are a number of ideas in the works.
Engineers and scientists from the University of Southern California constructed a massive printer capable of building a 2,500-foot square residence in 24 hours. Layers are applied using a concept known as “contour crafting,” which ensures that all of the buildings have the necessary components for electrical and HVAC wiring along with plumbing. The Chinese Zhudoa Group developed their own version of printed buildings and have 22 patents on their technology. The homes and business structures that the company creates are guaranteed to be fireproof, waterproof and corrosion proof in addition to being able to withstand the effects of a 9.0 magnitude earthquake. Interestingly enough, none of the building materials include concrete.
NASA researchers working with Stanford University scientists are working on a technique to use live cells to create non-living materials. Instead of using plastic-based mediums, the group uses a 3D printer to extrude living cells to form three-dimensional building blocks in a gel foundation. The cells would then be chemically stimulated to create usable items that might include bone, enamel or wood. The idea came from the knowledge that living cells currently create a wide selection of everyday items from cellulose and wool to rubber. Having the ability to shortcut the process would enable astronauts to manufacture many different items without have to exhaust cargo loads with bulky supplies.