Scanning in works of art to produce three-dimensional digital copies is a growing industry. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research have now devised a way of printing out extremely realistic copies of items.
The "Light Rider" only weighs 35 kilogramms, is powered by an electric motor and can reach speeds of 80 km/h. The first motorcycle from a 3D printer was developed by the German company APWorks.
Söckchen was not expected to walk again after having a leg amputated. But the Secretary bird at a sanctuary in the German town of Walsrode has been rehabilitated thanks to a bit of ingenuity and a 3D printer.
The unusual jewelry designed by German artist Silvia Weidenbach explores the possibilities of 3D printing. She trained in traditional gold and silver smithing but prefers the possibilities modern technology has to offer.
The company Nanoscribe is producing the most accurate 3D-printers in the world to print structures 250 times finer than a human hair. Researchers use them to print tiny robots, which may one day move inside the body.
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