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Okay, so I’m going to admit, I couldn’t actually make it down to the show this year, but with widespread coverage across the internet, it’s impossible to not take notice of the impressive selection of original creations produced by print. With everything from art sculptures to cars, discreet technical working parts to huge dinosaur heads! The show was a both a public phenomenon as well as an industry success. Beyond the flashy surface however, the 3D print show in London means a lot more than public exposure; it also paves the way for the next great leap forward for the technology as an art form…

Innovation and experimentation…

‘Agrieborz’ by Nick Ervinck, is a sprawling metropolis of human-organ and vein-like components. Ervinck used an extensive collection of medical manuals to create this organic ‘life form’, and although it is completely made up, we can find familiarity within this piece as a representation of the human body.

Initially created in 2D, Ervinck then produced this 3D model you see below. Recently, in 3D printing, the talk has been about either advances in medical sciences, or art. Strangely enough, this piece can inspire both. Although clearly a piece of art, it can help to provoke scientists to produce and develop 3D printing for medical use. We’ve already seen 3D printed skulls and organs, who knows what will come next? Here, Ervinck pays tribute to the recent developments in 3D implants, and also hopes for a positive future in it. (

Nick Ervnick's 'Agrieborz' creation

Cleaner living…

Urbee car from the 3D Print Show


‘Urbee’ is an environmentally-friendly 3D printed car. Developed by Korecologic, the whole idea behind Urbee is to cut down on environmental impact, with the car running itself off of renewable energy. But this is nothing new, we’ve already seen BMW release their range of electronic-powered cars and they’ve been part of our imagined-future for the last 25+ years. The most impressive thing is the fact this car, this fully-working car, was printed! Far-removed from the bedroom-inventions you see on techie forums across the internet, no, this isn’t a stand for your iPhone that was designed by someone with the username ‘pR1nt@hack3r86’. This is a car, and I think that speaks for itself. This is a massive leap forward for the technology.


Downright awesome…

Creaízaurus' Tyrannosaurus-Rex 3D print

And then there was the giant T-rex head. This monstrous creation reminds us that 3D printing is just fun, and can really blow you away with its ability to literally print anything. This impressive sculpture is as terrifying as the real thing…almost.

Crea-zaurus-3d are responsible for this scary setup, and their aim is to provide these sort of models and resources to museums and educational facilities around the world. So there you go; 3D printing is also educating us. Is there anything it can’t do?


What this means for 3D printing as an industry and an art form.

What started out as an industry-specific underground technology with a cult following, is now becoming a mainstream realisation. 3D printing has gone from the mumbled whispers of development teams’ mouths and lengthy discussions of internet forums, to the shelves of Staples and the BBC website. It’s fair to say that the continued exposure of 3D printing just keeps pushing the hype along, and in a few years’ time, who knows, it could be commonplace in the everyday home.

But besides the mainstream rise and effect, this exposure also means that more science and art advancements are going to be made. The things that London saw at the show will no doubt be inspiring and sparking off ideas for the next annual show. 3D printing is still a very new and young technology, and as a result of this it’s existence is a constant domino effect. We can’t wait to see what effect this has on the next developments and inventions.

The 3D printing show is in London until 9th November and will be in Paris and New York on the 15th Decemeber and the 15th February respectively. 

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