London Science Museum: ‘3D: Printing the Future’

by Derata, 10th October 2013

Oct.10, 2013

The?London Science Museum?opens a new exhibit on Wednesday called ‘3D: Printing the Future.’ It features over 600 printed objects from the industries of health care, art and even cycling.

The increasing availability and decreasing cost of 3D printing technology has lead to an explosion of creativity among innovators, students, hackers and artists. But where’s the real innovation? This exhibition demonstrates how innovators are using 3D printers to turn computer data into physical objects that could change your life.

150 3D printed miniature models of visitors are features in the exhibition, which were created from the scans of a selection of visitors who took part in the 3D scanning workshops run at the Museum by Digital Native Academy throughout August.

“By displaying models of people in the exhibition, we aim to create a deeper engagement with our visitors. Those who were scanned can feel a physical connection with the exhibition.” says Pippa Hough, content developer, Science Museum.

The museum also features ‘Pneuma 2,’ a stunning 3D printed sculpture inspired by the human lung designed by the widely acclaimed Professor Neri Oxman. The intricate piece combines a number of different material properties, 3D printed with Stratasys’ PolyJet technology which enables designers to 3D print multiple materials simultaneously in a single model without post-assembly.

The exhibit features a total of 600 3D printed objects produced by a range of materials including nylon, titanium, and sandstone.

Suzy Antoniw, Exhibition Leader, Science Museum said, “3D printing enables engineers and designers to manufacture things they couldn’t make with traditional methods. 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.”

Evan Davis opens “3-D: Printing the Future” by appearing with his “Mini-me” 3-D printed figurine, a version of which is going on show in the exhibition.

Getty Images: Oli Scarff

Getty Images: Oli Scarff

Wall sconce – The Krizant MGX, by Michaella Janse van Vuuren, South Africa, 2010. | Getty Images: Oli Scarff

Wall display: Helios Media Design also contributed several items for LSM’s exhibition, click?here?to see them


3D printed sculpture, The Horse Marionette, 5/20 edition, by Michaella Janse van Vuuren, South Africa, 2011

Getty Images: Oli Scarff

Carpenter Richard Van As’?3D printed an artificial hand, following an accident in which he lost four fingers. He has made the plans for this hand freely available to anyone online.

Inversive Embodyment, a nylon sculpture from Studio Tobias Klein, created by combining MRI scans of Klein’s body with the structure of St Paul’s cathedral. Credit: Ute Klein

3D: printing the future is a free exhibition and will run in the Antenna gallery at the Science Museum for 9 months from 9 October 2013. If you’re planning a visit to London in the coming months, don’t miss this spectacular event.


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