3D: printing the future

October 2013 saw the opening of ‘3D: printing the future’, an exhibition all about the explosion of 3D printing. With my colleagues we researched the most interesting commercial, industrial and medical applications whilst delving into personal stories of the pioneers, innovators and early users of 3D printed applications.

To accompany the exhibition I produced some video content explaining some elements of the technology, these include animations and short films with Chocolate Films. First up we have the introduction showing the basic principle of how 3D printing works.

Towards the end of the exhibition we mounted 3D prints of several hundred lucky visitors, who’d come to the museum previously to be 3D scanned. A screen under this wall of people explained how it was done.

Recent advances in 3D printing mean that more people than ever can make their ideas real. This explosion of creativity has created millions of interesting things – some of them could even change your life. No wonder 3D printing is always in the news. But are the stories accurate, or even true? Let our experts guide you around the hype of 3D printing, as they reveal this technology’s real-life potential.

3D print store founder Sylvain Preumont thinks it’s difficult to get a 3D copy of something real from your 3D printer.


Software engineer Seena Rejal talks about how to find the 3D design you really want.


3D printing researcher Richard Hague asks whether all of us will really want our own 3D printer.


Software pioneer Lisa Harouni suggests that 3D printing might help us all customise designs for ourselves.


Medical researcher John Hunt debunks the myth that printed body parts might help make you immortal.


You may have read 3D printing can ‘instantly’ print stuff. 3D printing expert Chris Tuck thinks it’s a little slower than that, but explains why it doesn’t matter…


Materials scientist Brian Derby thinks that it will be some time before working human organs can be 3D printed for transplant. But there are some surprising ways 3D printing can already heal you.


Adrian Bowyer invented his own 3D printer. People say 3D printers can make dangerous things. But what does Adrian think?


The exhibition was rich in detail, stories and information, please take a look at the exhibition content too.

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