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Aaron Pearson
Vice President of Public Relations

Bioprinting

Scientists are at work on methods to print human hearts and replacement organs. In the future, 3D bioprinting technology is expected to create living organs for transplants. Using images taken from an actual patient, 3D-printed models can mimic a variety of tissue properties within one printed structure.

Fashion

3D printing uses have grown to include the fashion world as well. Dutch designer Iris van Herpen unveiled her line of 3D-printed dresses during Paris Fashion Week in 2013. She worked with industrial designers and scientists who helped print and sculpt the dresses. The integration of 3D printing into fashion design reveals endless possibilities as more designers create quick, one-of-a-kind pieces.

Parts Manufacturing

3D printing still stays true to its roots in manufacturing, as many companies print customized parts for manufacturing clients. One of the greatest values comes with components that marry both additive and traditional methods of production. The introduction of engineering-grade metals to 3D printing, along with the existing array of engineering-grade thermoplastics, means manufacturers can build parts for limited production runs and market introductions before moving into higher volumes.