The 3D Print Show, held in London England last month, showcased some of the latest applications for 3D printing. One of the most interesting projects there was a band who performed using 3D printed musical instruments.
The guitarists played lead and bass guitars that had their bodies 3D printed and the drummer used 3D printed drum sticks.
the applications for 3D printed items is increasing all the time and the technology is being applied to more and more product areas. Designers from a large number of fields were in attendance at the 3D Print Show including fashion designers, architects and a number of projects that aim to help citizens of developing countries.
Two finalists from the 3D4D Challenge were there to demonstrate their products that are aimed at using 3D printing technology to improve the incomes and lives of developing countries. These were a 3D printed greenhouse that is temperature controlled by a microprocessor helps growing produce in difficult climates and a 3D printed shoe for those who have deformed feet. The shoe project uses online software to automatically design the shoe from photographs of feet and then 3D prints them in a durable plastic material.
For an more in-depth view of the 3D Print Show please check out this video report from the BBC. 3D Print Show report.