Other uses of 3D printing


Yes, you can print food - if you get the right printer. Called Foodini, this 3D printer purports to be able to create your burger patty, or even pizza. Just load it with fresh ingredients, input the data and wait as your food is printed layer by layer. Makers Natural Machines believe Foodini could just be the thing to ween people off processed convenience food.


If Harvard Business School graduate Grace Choi has her way, you could print make-up by the end of this year. The founder of New York-based Mink has created a miniature 3D printer that allows you to choose a colour from the Web, then create your own make-up. She was reported as saying that the printer uses the same basic substrates as make-up from high-end labels.


With the advancements in 3D bioprinting, we may one day be able to print transplantable organs. A Forbes report says that 3D biotechnology company Organovo and Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine are well on the way towards using 3D printed human organs.


Instead of the old school gooey paste used to get a mould of your mouth, dentists are taking on digital dentistry. By using intra-oral scanners to provide a full view of the mouth, jaws and teeth, labs can build dentures, braces and implants that fit right on the first try.