From Artificial Limbs to Art: How 3D Printers Are Changing Everything

Photo: Andrea Schwalm

Here at GeekMom.com we get excited about new technology. We also get excited about creating things. When the two come together, we get really excited. We got our first peek at 3D printers a couple of years ago. If you missed it the first time, be sure to read Andrea’s post about all of the cool things she saw, including 3D printers, at Maker Faire NY. At the time, it was an interesting concept and an exciting glimpse into the future.

That future is here, as are 3D printers. They’re in regular people’s houses and they are changing so many areas of our lives.

I found this great list on the web today, 10 Amazing New Uses of 3D Printers, and I thought you’d like to see it, too. My favorite, of course, is number four, the creation of custom prosthetics. A few weeks ago I showed you an exciting new prosthetic hand that was allowing people to create prosthetic fingers much more quickly and accurately, thanks to the use of a 3D printer.

There is such a wide variety of uses for 3D printers that I bet you’ll find something on this list that excites you, too. Now it’s time to go draw up your Christmas list and you know what item goes on the top.