3D-printed Ocean Plastic shoe

Adidas and Parley for the Oceans unveiled this new concept as an example of how the shoe industry can use technology to reduce ocean plastic pollution and explore new footwear solutions. The Ocean Plastic shoe has an ocean plastic upper and a 3D printed midsole made of gill net and recycled polyster. More

Image credit: adidas

Image credit: adidas

Image credit: adidas

Image credit: adidas

Image credit: adidas

These shoes represent part of Adidas' effort to infuse exponential technology and sustainability into their core products. Adidas has pledged to boost its green credentials through a number of initiatives, such as ending the use of plastic bags in its retail stores, ending the use of plastic microbeads across all its body care products and ceasing to use plastic bottles for meetings at its headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

 

 

3D printed Fashion

3D scanners and printers could revolutionise the way we order our clothes in the future. Not only would this revolutionise fashion for the consumer but also for the designers and the manufacturers. Imagine what it would be like if we could have our own body scan and just order clothes that fit us perfectly?

3D printing fashion could possibly fill up the gap between Haute Couture, which is costume made and perfectly tailored for one single person, and the mass produced and limited sizing within Ready-to-Wear. 

The first printable material that is flexible, durable enough to be worn – and to be put in the washing machine. 

Things you can make with 3D Printing

Have you ever considered how 3D printing could apply to your life? What if it is truly possible for 3D printing to  fuel your creativity and break down barriers to becoming an entrepreneur. What if you can make money and set up your own business by utilising 3D printing? 

3-D printers are capable of creating incredibly useful and clever household objects you may not have even considered possible.

3D-Printed Houses

Modern development and research has been under way since 2004 to flexibly construct buildings for commercial and private habitation using 3d Printing. 

A Chinese construction firm (WinSun) based in Shanghai has succeeded in building 10 houses each measuring 200 square metres in 24 hours by using an enormous 3D printer.  Ten demo houses were built in 24 hours, each costing US$5000. "A group of 3D printed houses, 200 m2 each, recently appeared in Shanghai, China. These buildings were created entirely out of concrete using a gigantic 3D printer." read more in 3ders.org

Speaking to the International Business Times, Ma said: “Industrial waste from demolished buildings is damaging our environment, but with 3D-printing, we are able to recycle construction waste and turn it into new building materials. This would create a much safer environment for construction workers and greatly reduce construction costs.”

According to Architecture News "Other companies have been experimenting with plans to 3D print entire buildings, most notably Dus Architects and Ultimaker in the Netherlands." 

Printing human body parts using 3D printing

The use of 3D printers outside the fields of product engineering and manufacturing and to print off a kidney or another human organ may sound like something out of a   science fiction story. But now this science fiction is a reality. 

Unlike normal printers, Bioprinters use a "bio-ink" made of living cell mixtures to form human tissue. Basically, the bio-ink is used to build a 3D structure of cells, layer by layer, to form tissue.  Organovo, with the help of the Australian company Invetech, was the first company to launch a commercial 3D bioprinter. The company originally intended to sell its printer, which is called the NovoGen MMX bio-printer, to other companies for use. 

According to researchers, 3D printing will make organ transplants easier because organs and tissues can be generated on demand. It can also lessen organ rejection among patients because the living cells used in engineering these organs can be harvested from the patient’s body itself. Organovo , a San Diego-based company that focuses on regenerative medicine, is one company using 3D bio-printers to print functional human tissue for medical research and regenerative therapies.

 

Australian scientists have found a way to grow human body parts using 3D printing technology. Instead of using traditional materials such as plastics or metals however, the team hopes that the printers will be able to create new body parts out of the patient’s own skin cells – a concept that Professor Mark Cook, director of neuroscience, has described as “quite incredible and limitless”. This will become invaluable for doctors because these machines help them do their jobs with a higher degree of precision. 

 

University of Wollongong researchers are leading the way in this area using a 3D bio-plotter, the first of its kind in Australia. This machine is able to use bio-materials to print material in a sterile environment that more accurately represents human tissue. It's possible to print devices and structures that can be implanted in human bodies, and these devices can have cells grown on them so that bodily functions can be replicated on these very tiny devices.

Whilst similar projects are being conducted globally to recreate body parts, the Australian partnership between St. Vincents and ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science have sought government assistance to accelerate proceedings, in order to position Melbourne in the forefront of this area of research.