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5 Bizarre Uses for 3D Printing

Applications for 3D printing continue to evolve. Here are five uses cases that might surprise you.
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New System Makes 3D-Printed Heart in Hours
By MIT News · 18 September, 2015 • A new system from MIT and Boston Children’s Hospital researchers converts MRI scans into 3D-printed heart models. The models could provide a more intuitive way for surgeons to assess and prepare for the anatomical idiosyncrasies of individual patients.
MIT Makes it Much Easier for You to Tweak 3D Printing Designs
By MIT News · 11 September, 2015 • MIT has developed a system that lets users make swift modifications to 3D models and see how they will look when printed out by a 3D printer within minutes, rather than hours
Superhero-Inspired Robot Hand Wins James Dyson Award
By Steve Crowe · 25 August, 2015 • Open Bionics, maker of a 3D-printed robotic hand that can be made faster and at a lower cost than current alternatives, has won the 2015 James Dyson Award in the UK.
MultiFab 3D Printer Simultaneously Prints 10 Materials
By RT Staff · 24 August, 2015 • MIT researchers have developed a new 3D printer, MultiFab, that can simultaneously print 10 different materials and combine them, along with other finished parts, into the design of a single object.
5-Year-Old Throws Out 1st Pitch With 3D Printed Robotic Hand
By Steve Crowe · 18 August, 2015 • Hailey Dawson, born with a rare congenital disease that affected the growth of her right hand, receives a custom Baltimore Orioles-themed prosthetic hand to throw out the first pitch at Camden Yards.
10 Most Funded Robots Ever on Indiegogo
By RT Staff · 11 August, 2015 • More robots are launching on crowdfunding websites such as Indiegogo. We compiled the 10 most successfully funded robots on Indiegogo, including drones, 3D printers, and more.
World’s First 3D-Printed Pill Controls Seizures
By RT Staff · 5 August, 2015 • Aprecia Pharmaceuticals has created Spritam levetiracetam, a new drug to control seizures brought on by epilepsy, using its "ZipDose" 3D printing technology to create a porous pill that quickly dissolves when taken with a small amount of liquid.
Bocusini Wants to 3D Print Your Food via Pre-filled Cartridges
By Steve Crowe · 19 May, 2015 • Bocusini will come as a plug-and-play 3D printer or an open-source kit that retrofits existing 3D printers into food printers. Bocusini works like a pastry bag, depositing food onto your plate layer by layer via a heated 3D food printing head.
Wounded US Soldier Receives 3D Printed Robot Hand
By Steve Crowe · 24 April, 2015 • Taylor Morris, a quadruple amputee who lost his limbs in an IED blast while serving in Afghanistan, receives an affordable 3D printed robotic hand.
Watch: Boy Surprised with Blue Man Group Robot Arm
By Steve Crowe · 21 April, 2015 • Twelve-year-old Wyatt Farlardeau received the surprise of a lifetime when his favorite music group, Blue Man Group, presented him with a custom 3D printed robotic arm.
Model Dazzles with Crystal-Studded Robot Hand
By Open Bionics · 20 March, 2015 • Open Bionics 3D printed a custom robot hand studded with Swarovski crystals for Grace Mandeville, who donned the prosthetic at London’s Wearable Tech Show.
Selfies are so 2014. App Creates Creepy 3D Printed Selfies
By Steve Crowe · 3 March, 2015 • A new mobile app allows you to create a 3D printed selfie by moving your smartphone or tablet from left to right in front of your face. The 3D rendering can then be sent to a 3D printer.
CES: 8 Robots to Simplify Everyday Life
By RT Staff · 5 January, 2015 • The 2015 International CES features practical robots for home, fun and getting things done.
MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer
By RT Staff · 2 January, 2015 • The Fifth Generation Replicator Desktop 3D Printer from MakerBot features a 3.5" full-color LCD display, which provides an on-board user interface with an intuitive dial. You can also access your object library and see previews of your 3D model files
MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer
By RT Staff · 2 January, 2015 • The MakerBot Replicator Mini 3D Printer is powered by the MakerBot 3D Printing Platform. It has an onboard camera to monitor its 3D printing via the MakerBot Mobile app, and it features the MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder that reduces downtime by enabling you to quickly replace a worn extruder in minutes.

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