The new 3D: Printing The Future exhibit at London’s Science Museum takes a fresh look at this fascinating DIY technology…

3D printed Wall Sconce at London Science Museum

3D printed Wall Sconce – The Krizant MGX by Michaella Janse van Vuuren.
Image credit: Science Museum and Michaella Janse van Vuuren

Everything from making complex parts for space probes to replacement body organs for humans is featured in the 3D: Printing The Future exhibition that just opened at the Science Museum in London. It seems what’s actually possible with this exciting new manufacturing technology is only limited by our creativity and imaginations.

But what are the start-ups, big businesses, students, hackers and artists actually creating with the 3D printing equipment available right now and in the years to come? How will 3D printing shape our future? That’s what this exhibit aims to explore in a fun and informative way.

“3D printing enables engineers and designers to manufacture things they couldn’t make with traditional methods,” reveals Suzy Antoniw, exhibition leader at the Science Museum. “Every day we learn about new ways in which people from across society are capitalising on the technology to realise their ideas and enrich people’s lives. Our exhibition aims to shine a light on the latest developments and discuss where the technology may take us in future.”

3D printed facial implants at London Science Museum

3D printed Maxillo facial implants.
Image credit: Science Museum and Renishaw

What’s on Show

Highlights of 3D: Printing The Future include:

  • Using 3D printing technology to create new drugs and medical implants that can be specifically tailored to an individual patient’s needs
  • Engineering and manufacturing new fuel-efficient parts for aircraft and space probes
  • The Inversive Embodyment artwork by Tobias Klein – a sculptural piece printed in nylon using data from MRI scans of Tobias’ own body and the iconic architecture of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London
  • Perhaps the most amazing of all these impressive 3D printing projects, the exhibit also showcases how South African carpenter Richard Van As even 3D printed a new artificial hand for himself following a tragic accident where he lost four fingers from his right hand

The 3D: Printing The Future exhibition is supported by principal funder EADS, major funders Renishaw and the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPRSC) and with additional support from the Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing Research Group (3DPRG) based at The University of Nottingham.

3D printed Loop light at London Science Museum

3D printed Loop light.
Image credit: Science Museum and Assa Ashuach Studio

Where and When

The ‘3D: Printing The Future’ exhibit runs from now until 1st July 2014. Best of all – it’s totally free to visit! The Science Museum is located at Exhibition Road, London SW7 and is open every day from 10am to 6pm (last entry at 5:15pm). The nearest tube station is South Kensington.

Look out for the #PrintingTheFuture hashtag on Twitter and add your own comments after visiting the Science Museum’s new 3D Printing exhibit. Solopress would also love to hear what YOU think of this exhibition, and 3D printing in general, so please feel free to leave a message below.

Want More?

You may also be interested in these Solopress blog articles about 3D printing:

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  1. I can’t wait to see all of the amazing ways 3d printing will be used in the future, especially the medical advances.

  2. I almost wish I could fast forward twenty years to see how this technology develops and changes our lives. We’re at the very early stages, like in the 80’s when a mobile phone was a status symbol, the size of a brick with a separate large and heavy battery pack just for making phone calls whereas now almost everyone has a compact touchscreen device that is also a camera and video recorder and internet connected computer.

  3. The advances of modern technology, this could be really powerful and the uses for it should drive down the cost over time.

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