2013 has been a remarkable year for 3D printing and – needless to say – a lot has happened. Yesterday we gave you Shapeways‘s Year In Review, but today and tomorrow we will bring you 3dprinting.com‘s official Year in Review. What have been the most striking news facts related to 3D printing last year? We bring you the ultimate summary with for every month the biggest news fact, starting with part 1 today.
January: 3D printing children’s drawings
In January we found out about a company called Crayon Creatures, that would turn children’s drawings into 3D printed figurines. We wrote about it at the time:
“Here’s something new. Instead of pinning your children’s scribbles on the fridge door, get them 3D printed! Crayon Creatures recently launched a new service where you can send your children’s drawings to. They basically inflate the drawing in CAD software, define the contour lines and soften the overall design so there are no sharp edges. What comes out is a 3D model of the drawing you sent in. How cool is that?”
- Article: Turning Your Children’s Drawings Into Awesome Figurines, by Robert Dehue.
A company from Japan thought these figurines were indeed awesome and followed the example of Crayon Creatures the same year. This project is called Rakukuri and they’ve created a lot of 3D printed butterflies and more imaginary childish 3D drawings.
- Article: Rakukuri: 3D Printing a Child’s Drawing, by Jelmer Luimstra.
Credits: Crayon Creatures.
February: 3D printed sneakers
In February, one of the ultimate 3D printing stories was about the Nike Vapor Laser Talon by Nike Football. The 3D printed shoes were designed to help football players accelerate a lot faster, or in the words of Michael Johnson from the project: it “can mean the difference between a defensive lineman sacking the quarterback or getting blocked”.
- Article: Nike is Revolutionizing Football Cleats With the Use of 3D Printing, by Robert Dehue.
March: a 3D printed gown
In March, it turned out 3D printing and fashion could easily go hand in hand. Actress/ model Dita Von Teese wore a 3D printed gown designed by Michael Schmidt and 3D modeled by architect Francis Bitonti to be 3D printed in Nylon by Shapeways. Later in November one of the contenders from Project Runway, Justin LeBlanc, used 3D printing techniques to create garments for his model. In 2013, 3D Printing has officially become trendy in the world of fashion, and that’s quite an achievement, isn’t it?
- Article: Dita Von Teese Wearing a Beautiful 3D Printed Gown, by Robert Dehue.
April: a 3D printed face
The most striking article in April addressed the subject of a 3D printed face. Restaurant manager Eric Moger was just about to get married when he found out he had cancer. He survived, but the emergency surgery that had to be done to fight this cancer removed almost the entire left side of his face. Years later, 3D printing techniques could be used to restore his face. It’s a heartwarming story, and it also shows that 3D printing has become very important in the medical world in order to improve our health.
- Article: Doctors 3D Print a Face and Give a Cancer Victim a New Chance at a Normal Life, by Robert Dehue.
May: the first 3D printed gun
In May, for the first time in history the world found out about a real 3D printed gun. This plastic gun was called “The Liberator”, as an homage to cheap pistols distributed by the Allies in France during World War II. There has been a lot of controversy about this 3D printed gun made by Defense Distributed. Different parties believed 3D printing guns could sooner or later lead to dangerous situations, and in late 2013 the UK and Philadelphia would therefore ban 3D printed guns.
- Article: The First Fully 3D Printed Gun Is Here, by Robert Dehue.
June: UK boosts 3D printing companies with 15 million Pounds
The UK is into 3D printing, and the country pointed that out in June. The biggest 3D printing news fact from June was about the British government investing 15 million Pounds in healthcare industries and businesses in the UK that plan to use 3D printing to develop new products.
- Article: UK Government Gives 3D Printing Projects £15M Boost, by Robert Dehue.