2013 has been a remarkable year for 3D printing and – needless to say – a lot has happened. In addition to the first part of our Year in Review, we now present you the second part of 3dprinting.com‘s Year in Review 2013. What have been the most striking news facts related to 3D printing last year? We bring you the ultimate summary with per month the biggest news fact.
July – eBay releases 3D printing app
An interesting iOS app from eBay, called eBay Exact, came out in July. With this app a customer could easily select a product, choose a design and add its personal flair to create a unique item. eBay partnered with Sculpteo, Makerbot and Hot Pop Factory in order to realise the app and this can be seen as the first big step from the huge internet retail company towards 3D printing.
- Article: eBay Goes 3D Printing With Exact, by Robert Dehue.
August – world’s first handheld point-and-shoot full color 3D scanner
An interesting story in August was about so-called Kickstarted project Fuel3D, which can be seen as the world’s first handheld point-and-shoot full color 3D scanner. The striking thing about this scanner is that it pretty much works in the same way as a normal digital camera. You literally point and shoot.
- Article: Fuel3D World’s First Handheld Point-And-Shoot Full Color 3D Scanner, by Robert Dehue.
Credits: Fuel 3D.
September – a 3D printed painting
3D printing kills the museum star. In September, we brought you a story about a project called ‘Reliefography’, where a 3D printer printed out a literal copy of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. The similarities between the original and the 3D printed painting were absolutely noteworthy.
- Article: 3D Printing: Democratization of Art?, by Jelmer Luimstra.
Credits: FUJIFILM Belgium NV, Van Gogh Museum.
October – surgeons operate faster using 3D printing
In October, Belgian doctors have created a way to 3D print replicas of a patients bone structure as a surgical guide. 3D printing can help surgeons to be able to operate faster and provide more detailed work. Given the fact that long surgeries often come along with high costs and risk to the patient, this will be very useful to many.
- Article: 3D Printing Helps Surgeons to Operate Faster, by Jelmer Luimstra.
Credits: Additive Manufacturing.
November – First 3D printing app for the mass market
3D printing has become bigger and bigger in 2013, but it’s still something for technical people and geeks. Or in other words: we’re still waiting for technical developments to bring 3D printing to the masses. In November, Windows released an app that could potentially contribute to such an effect. We present you Windows’s 3D Builder.
- Article: Windows Creates 3D Printing App For the Mass Market, by Jelmer Luimstra.
December – 3D printing food
Maybe this is not really a news item from December, but more a summary of what has happened in 2013 in the field of 3D printing food. However, we can’t skip this development in our overview of 2013. NASA invests in 3D printing food, companies such as Choc Edge and Piq Chocolates 3D print chocolate figurines and Barcelona-based company Natural Machines works on a 3D printer that will be able to produce anything made of dough, paste or stiff liquid, such as all pastas and breads.
- Article: Will Our Future Food Be 3D Printed?, by Jelmer Luimstra.
Credits: Piq Chocolates.