It all began in 1984 when Charles Hull (Chuck to his mates) created the first 3D printer. In the thirty years since we’ve seen toys, bikes, cars, prosthetic limbs and replacement hips run off the 3D production line. Someone’s even created a 3D printer that prints 3D printers.
As both the technology and the software behind the printers becomes more and more advanced, so brands are finding more and more innovative ways to use them. Normal is a New York-based start-up that has recently raised more than $5 million from investors for their range of 3D printed earphones – each pair printed to the exact shape of your ear.
And GE have recently partnered with Stratasys 3D to help crowdsource the next generation of 3D printed household appliances. Proof, if ever it was needed, that you can now print everything, including the kitchen sink.