3D printed product designs that show the endless possibilities of this innovative technology!
Designers and architects around the world are now using 3D printing to create almost all types of products and structures! It’s a technique that has gained a lot of momentum due to its simple and innovative nature. Not only do designers use 3D printing to create basic models, but they use it in mind-blowing ways! From 3D printed man-made coral reefs to a menacing car design with 3D printed parts, the scope of this reliable technique is unlimited! Did you know that lunar habitats for the moon are also 3D printed? There is honestly nothing that cannot be 3D printed these days, the possibilities are endless and we are very excited to see what else is in stock! For now, dive into this collection of humble but groundbreaking 3D printed designs!
Hong Kong has seen the coral population in Double Island, Sai Kung, decline by 80% over the past decade. This prompted the team to come up with a solution that would help not only this region but the rest of the world that was blessed with coral. The team at the University of Hong Kong’s Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS) and its Robotic Fabrication Lab at the Faculty of Architecture worked together to 3D print terracotta tiles that serve as artificial reefs. The result is a mesmerizing, organic vortex of lines and negative space that reads like a burnt orange topographical map – and mimics the natural patterns of the coral itself. Why terracotta? According to team member Dave Baker, it is highly porous with a “beautiful surface micro-texture” that marine organisms can cling to, and an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional materials such as cement or metal, according to the HKU team.
The shape of the handy tool MH-19 is inspired by protective masks and has solved another design problem. Gloves are single-use items that generate more waste when everyone uses them for everyday things. Gloves can be left aside for the health professionals who need them most, while we can use reusable handles like these for our daily vital outdoor chores. Innovation has the power to be simple, yet powerfully effective. 3D printers are currently a valuable tool in this battle and the global design community is doing everything possible to provide creativity to the healthcare professionals, engineers and the general public.
The 2029 e-bike brings Art Deco design and automotive design into the future, with its unusual combination of neatly cut geometric shapes created by sheet metal fabrication and bone-inspired generative design details 3D printed in metal. The bicycle is an amalgamation of styles that add a hat tip to the revolutionary design of the Majestic, built by George Roy in 1929. Ninety years later, Bryan Fuller and his team at Fuller Moto decided to push the boundaries with bicycle design. The bike was designed as a commission for the Haas Moto Museum and Sculpture Gallery, and it incorporates design trends and technologies that point to the future of automotive design. The stunning 2029 features an electric drivetrain, fully enclosed aluminum body, hub-centered steering, clear polycarbonate wheels, and 3D-printed titanium bike parts.
The parent company of NIVEA is the German giant Beiersdorf. They have made it their business to reduce packaging waste by minimizing and closing their material cycles. And for NIVEA that meant the introduction of a shower gel refill station! Now is a good first step and has its advantages and disadvantages. The biggest downside is that shower gels by themselves are not good for the environment and there is no way of knowing how many bottles are actually being rinsed clean before they are recycled – otherwise it won’t work. Shower gels also need a lot of water, and as climate change is making the world hotter / drier, the water crisis is already a major problem in many countries. A solution for that? Bars of soap! NIVEA also produces these, they use less water and can be packed in recycled paper – that is the real solution. But if this refill station reduces plastic waste and creates a movement for the brand to take bigger steps, we’re here to see it. The prototype will be tested in selected locations where the brand will collect data on how consumers interact, feel and respond to the concept of returnable bottles. The prototype of the machine was made with their in-house 3D printers. With this refill station, NIVEA hopes to make it easier for consumers to reuse containers and reduce plastic consumption.
Say hello to Timor, Sargasso and Celebes, three members of John’s Coral Lighting Collection. Inspired by different styles of coral, the lamps offer different aesthetics that reflect the visual characteristics of each type of coral. The way John created these unique lights was to first develop the computer-aided design algorithms that mimicked the growth patterns found in nature. “With the lighting collection, I am paying tribute to the beauty of the ocean. As a seasoned surfer, I have experienced the power and beauty of the ocean while enjoying each wave as its own unique moment in time. One of the many magical life structures in our great oceans is coral. With a variety of colors, shapes, and scales, coral is an entire ecosystem of thriving life. My lighting celebrates this life, ”says Mauriello.
What we really need is that everyone wear face masks that prevent the transmission of germs. What we DO NOT need is these face masks to make it difficult for us to breathe, right? When inhaled, most weak cloth masks collapse inward due to the negative air pressure created in the mask. Honestly, this is something most people can handle. However, if you already have difficulty breathing, it can make it difficult to breathe regularly. The cannula mask avoids this problem with its reinforcing endoskeleton. This skeleton is a thin plastic grid and gives the mask its defining structure. It prevents them from pressing against your face, just like a coat hanger prevents clothes from being squashed by maintaining their shape. Designed for people with breathing difficulties, the endoskeleton even has a hollow spine that you can insert a nasal cannula into so you can deliver fresh oxygen straight into the wearer’s nose. You can breathe in and out effectively without worrying about a thin mask suffocating you every time you try to breathe.
Many moments in rock history are determined by the iconic guitar smash … and while I personally don’t think smashing musical equipment is particularly nice, what if you designed a guitar that would, if you did it yourself look directly below, couldn’t not be smashed? That’s what Sandvik chose. They are designed to demonstrate their advanced titanium additive printing techniques (and also their technical skills). They designed the world’s first guitar that can’t be smashed. Literally. Many even tried, including rock star Yngwie Malmsteen who managed to destroy his stage amps and monitors but couldn’t even get the guitar to deform. Sandvik teamed up with guitar designer Andy Holt to find out what sounds like a pretty unusual design assignment … To create an electric guitar that was practically indestructible, but also sounded incredibly good. The design process involved spending hours analyzing footage of guitars that were smashed (much by Malmsteen himself) to pinpoint the main weak spots.
The unique shape of the TWS earbuds has a specially designed 3D acoustic chamber that helps enhance the audio sound with better, clearer bass lines. At the same time, sound distortion is reduced and organic noise isolation of up to -35 dB is possible.Thanks to its ergonomic design, it can keep up with the active noise cancellation technology of the Airpods Pro. The amount of careful thought built into the Lytte HarmoniQ is truly remarkable. Each headphone case is carefully 3D printed using DLP printing technology (a feature that makes it possible to obtain this unique acoustic chamber shape) and hand polished to look as remarkable as it is. Like most smart headphones, the Lytte HarmoniQ supports iOS and Android integration with the ability to tap, double-tap and long-press music playback as well as smartphone functions (including summoning the phone’s voice AI).
Harvest abundant sources of renewable energy and then converting it into something of value has been mankind’s quest for decades. This makes even more sense in this day and age when we are on the verge of exhausting the earth’s vital resources and causing irreparable damage to the planet. To scout this quest, the Georgia Tech ATHENA laboratory team has one 3D printed Energy harvesting antenna capable of harvesting electromagnetic energy from 5G signals for modern devices. This technology is literally about making sensible use of the 5G network bandwidth with excess capacity and converting it into a wireless power grid that could shape the future of our tireless energy needs IoT devices or mobile devices. They developed a flexible Rectenna based on a Rotman lens that can collect the millimeter wave in the 28 GHz band – the first of its kind. So far, attempts have been made to harvest the 24 or 35 GHz frequencies, but they do were impractical as they only worked when in sight of the 5G base station.
Does your company’s conference room need a little inspiration? This distant office furniture is designed to liven up your work area. It’s fully 3D printed which results in smooth transitions and curves. With its three-dimensional Voronoi pattern, it has an organic, liquid-like shape that is sure to be a conversation starter and get your team’s wheels spinning.