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Arts & Life

How 3D printers are changing the way we make things

A tiny octopus printed using the Lulzbot Mini 3D Printer.
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A tiny octopus printed using the Lulzbot Mini 3D Printer.

 

We’ve all heard amazing things about 3D printing. The University of Michigan School of Medicine manufactured a replacement part for a patient, manufacturers discover new uses almost every day, and artists are finding innovative ways to use the fairly new technology.

The Grand Rapids Art Museum will soon hold an exhibition showcasing the work of Iris van Herpen, one of the earliest examples of 3D printing technology used in fashion design. Van Herpen has designed cutting edge designs for Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Bjork.

Andrew Dent joined us today to talk about 3D printing technology. He’s Vice President of Libraries and Materials Research at Material ConneXion.

Dent will be speaking at the Grand Rapids Art Museum next month about how we make things and how that might change in the future.

More information on the event can be found here.

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