What Mom Didn’t Tell You About 3D Printing
A Personalised Fetus
Japanese company, Fasotec will 3D print you your very own fetus for $1,275. You simply send them your MRI images and they use CAD software to create a virtual 3D model of your child’s fetus. The fetus is printed in white resin and surrounded by a clear “stomach”. The process of turning your MRI into a physical 3D object is known as bio texturing.
Fasotec is now more keen to do only scans and printouts of your fetus’ face. Amid scare that the high dose of radiation from magnetic resonance imaging could cause damage to the unborn baby or the mother. A face scan only costs $500, so get ordering…
3D Printed Weapons
Most people with a passing interest in 3D printing have heard of the liberator gun, but did you know how many other printed weapons there are out there? The New South Wales Police force tested the liberator in 2013 and declared it “enormously dangerous”. After this, the files for the liberator gun were removed from the public domain after requests by law enforcment agencies and governments. However, the files can still be easily obtained by anyone who goes looking. They are hosted on P2P file sharing sites like The Pirate Bay.
This is a picture of a nearly entirely 3D printed crossbow. Obviously some parts like the string and the spine of crossbow have certain properties that cannot be recreated with additive manufacturing. The crossbow has an inbuilt safety mechanism, sear and trigger. The crossbow even has an attachments rail in case you want to mount an optical scope. You can learn more about the crossbow and view the 3D files here.
3D Printed Sex Toys
If 3D printing drug paraphernalia wasn’t scandalous enough for you already, Sexshop3d is probably going to push you over the edge(ahem). They are a supplier of 3D printed sex toys based in the States. Rightfully, there are a lot of concerns about 3D printed sex toys, namely that when additive manufacturing inherently leaves layers in every part/piece produced. This could be a pretty big problem due to trapping of bacteria between layers and the obvious health issues this could have for the users.
You can 3D Print Dead People
Unfortunately, additive manufacturing technology isn’t yet able to resurrect the dead but you can at least get an idea of what they looked like in the flesh. In 2013, archaeologists discovered the skeleton of Richard III, the location of his burial ground had been secret for hundreds of years prior to this. The archioligts that uncovered his body were able to analyse his injuries to figure out the cause of death. King Richard has been dead for 300 years but scientists at Loughborough have been able to use computer animated design software to recreate his entire body. They then used additive manufacturing to recreate his entire skeleton in white plastic. 3D printing also has implications for medical training, in the future it might be commonplace to print some small part of a human body so that medics can practice without risk.
In 2013, Stratasys 3D printed a set of skis. Tested by Stratasys co-founder Scott Crump and manufactured by Dominic Manella, senior applications engineer. The entire main body of the skis was 3D printed with only some of the metal edges and the final finish using non additive based manufacturing. The majority of the skis was manufactured using Ultem 9085, a commercially available 3D printing material. Although this was mostly a hobby project, the implications this project has for skiing and other action sports could be very interesting. Imagine being able to tailor a set of skis or a bucket seat for a racing car to each individual driver or athlete so they fitted perfectly.