3D printing taken to the extreme

3D printing may be still in its infancy in the market place but on Jan. 31 3D Printer World Expo will bring together the a wide-range of 3D printers and 3D printing professionals under one roof for a two–day conference in Burbank, Calif.

The organizers of the show said that 3D printers are enabling groundbreaking design, materials, applications and projects. Just recently, CDN interviewed D&H Canada GM Greg Tobin and he believes that 3D printing may have the potential of a much broader consumables market in the horizon.

One of the featured attractions of the show comes from Oakland, Calif.-based Emerging Objects Corp. The company is planning to showcase Saltygloo, a 3D printing experiment using salt from the San Francisco Bay. The company has used 3D printing technology to construct a large, lightweight structure similar to an igloo.

Emerging Object's Saltygloo
Emerging Object’s Saltygloo

According to the show organizers, the Saltygloo is constructed using 336 3D-printed panels. The panels are affixed to form a semi-structural shell that is further supported with light-weight aluminum rods flexed in tension.

If you found the Saltygloo interesting here are a few other 3D printed structures that CDN thought were pretty cool to show you.

Dental work from 3D Systems of Rock Hill, S.C.. Direct metal dentistry
Dental work from 3D Systems of Rock Hill, S.C.. Direct metal dentistry

 

Pink Owl by 3DMonstr of West Windsor, N.J.
Pink Owl by 3DMonstr of West Windsor, N.J.

 

Architecture: habitat durable et solidaire from Sculpteo of France
Architecture: habitat durable et solidaire from Sculpteo of France

 

Someone's shoe room from 3D Systems
Someone’s shoe room from 3D Systems

 

Yoda from Solidoodle of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Yoda from Solidoodle of Brooklyn, N.Y.

 

 

 

 

 

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