3D: Printing the Future

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Yes 3D printing is slow, and yes, it’s incredibly expensive, but it’s also one of the most revolutionary inventions of our lifetimes. But is it really going to democratise the means of production and overhaul global capitalism? Or is it just overhyped Lego for the twenty-first century? Neither, says the Science Museum in this new exhibition which showcases some 600 objects that have been painstakingly printed using 3D technology.

Apparently, the idea that the invention will replace mass production anytime soon is a gross exaggeration. But it has, in a few short years, found a stupefying array of playful, useful and even lifesaving applications. Among the pieces on display here, expect to see human organs printed with living cells, fuel- saving aeroplane parts and even artworks (pictured). Sound overwhelming? It is until you consider the exhibition houses just a tiny fraction of the estimated 5.2 million objects that were 3D printed in the UK last year alone.

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JetaSet C

Very inspiring and overwhelming  exhibition !It changes your perception of the world and its many wonderful  creations, makes you look differently at everything you experience and see every day.Mind-blowing  Impressive. Highly recommend if you feel like its a time to broaden your horizons :)


Benjamin

I dreamed of that sort of technology when I was a little boy and today I saw my dream come through. Actually, this is quite spooky.

Anna

Mind-blowing exhibition! Really interesting and you definitely wont go out of the science museum without asking yourself some important questions at the end!

Mukta

It's revolutionary. I also saw 3D printing happening live at the antenna (at the store) and a toy was scanned and printed in front of me! They recently got the machine. Totally recommend it to anyone who wants to see how the future may shape out.