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The firm that can 3D print human body parts


Erik Gatenholm grins widely as he presses the start button on a 3D printer, instructing it to print a life-size human nose.

It sparks a frenzied 30-minute burst of energy from the printer, as its thin metal needle buzzes around a Petri dish, distributing light blue ink in a carefully programmed order.

via The firm that can 3D print human body parts – BBC News


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‘We print people’: The world of 3D portraiture – BBC News

‘We print people’: The world of 3D portraiture
By now we’re familiar with tales of 3D-printed marvels, from guns to duck prosthetics. But when I travelled to a physics conference in March, I wasn’t expecting to end up with a full colour printout of myself.

However, at a small stall that popped up on Industry Day at the American Physical Society’s March meeting – that is precisely the service that was being offered.

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Tangle Sculpture Series | Joshua Harker

Tangle Sculpture Series | Joshua Harker
Joshua’s “Tangle” series set a new paradigm in the level of organic & compositional complexity unattainable with traditional mediums.  To fully appreciate the gravity of the pieces one must understand the practical impossibilities of their existence.  They are considered as the first shapes to break the design & manufacturing threshold of possibility with their technical sophistication.

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3D mapping the Christ the Redeemer statue

3D mapping the Christ the Redeemer statue
The PUC University of Rio de Janeiro, software producer Pix4D and Canadian drone company Aeryon have all taken part in a project to create a digital replica of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio.

The team conducted 19 drone flights over the statue in order to capture thousands of images that they could then turn into data points.


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Head to head: Potter versus 3D printer

Head to head: Potter versus 3D printer
Ceramics is an ancient, global art form, whose fundamentals have not changed for centuries. 3D printing on the other hand, has only been around for a couple of decades – but has attracted a wave of artists and craftspeople.

But should we think of 3D printing as a new branch of arts and crafts? Does it have any right to be considered a craft at all?