Ten Products Printed in 3D

  1. Designing in 3D

    Designing in 3D

    Designers are turning to 3D printing to create complex objects that are too difficult or expensive to produce using conventional manufacturing techniques.

    Adding to 3D’s appeal is the wider range of materials the printers can now use, including glass, silver, and different types of plastics.

    Read on to see the objects—some are prototypes, others are finished products—created by 3D printers.

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  2. Accessory: FreshFiber iPhone 4 Macedonia

    Accessory: FreshFiber iPhone 4 Macedonia

    This iPhone 4 case was designed by Janne Kyttänen, who founded Freedom of Creation, a design and research company specializing in 3D printing technologies. It retails for €25.17 (about $32).

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  3. Accessory: FOC Street Headphones

    Accessory: FOC Street Headphones

    These headphones by Freedom of Creation, still in the concept stage, show how a product could be customized with the names of a customer’s favorite music artists.

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  4. Automobile: Urbee

    Automobile: Urbee

    The Urbee is being developed as a two-passenger hybrid car that is ultra fuel efficient, easy to repair, and inexpensive to own. The body of this car was printed on a Stratasys 3D printer.

  5. Furniture: Gaudi Chair

    Furniture: Gaudi Chair

    The surface of this chair is carbon fiber, and the ribs are made of glass-filled nylon that have been laser sintered. This chair is available online at Freedom of Creation for €13,426.05 (about $17,106).

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  6. Jewelry: Shapeways Silver Ring

    Jewelry: Shapeways Silver Ring

    Shapeways, an online community and marketplace, lets consumers design their own silver jewelry. Creators can either draw their designs by hand or model them in 3D software and send them to Shapeways, which handles the 3D printing, shipping, and customer service.

    Image Courtesy of: Shapeways

  7. Jewelry: Leaves Up

    Jewelry: Leaves Up

    Peggy Bannenberg designed this nylon bracelet, which sells at Freedom of Creation for €83.19 (about $106). Aside from nylon, jewelry can be 3D printed in a variety of materials, including bronze, silver, polyamide, and alumide.

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  8. Lighting: Palm Hanging (D50)

    Lighting: Palm Hanging (D50)

    The shade of this suspension lamp is made of 3D-printed nylon. It measures 50 centimeters in diameter and sells for €5,879.83 (about $7,491) at Freedom of Creation.

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  9. Prosthetics: Style Fairing

    Prosthetics: Style Fairing

    Bespoke Innovations creates customized fairings or coverings for prosthetic limbs. Some are made for sports activities, but this one is made for style. The nickel-plated rear covering can be combined with different front fairings for different effects.

    Image Courtesy of: Bespoke Innovations

  10. Textiles: Laser-Sintered Dress

    Textiles: Laser-Sintered Dress

    This dress is made by stacking tiny layers of polyamide powder and laser sintering it to produce a textile rapidly. This dress was made by Freedom of Creation and is in the permanent collection at the Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in New York.

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  11. Toy: Connect Four

    Toy: Connect Four

    The toy industry uses 3D printing to model toys. Hasbro, the maker of Connect Four, as well as K’nex and Mattel, use Stratasys 3D printers to do rapid prototyping.

    Image Courtesy of: Stratasys