The Future on Display: 3D Printing at the London Science Museum

From October 9, 2013, to February 10, 2014, the London Science Museum will feature an awe-inspiring and eye-opening exhibition on 3D printing, showcasing the technology’s current capabilities and shedding some insight on what the future holds. In addition to displaying over 600 3D printed objects, “3D: Printing the Future” goes behind the scenes of 3D content creation through the exploration of 3D scanning and shows off prints from a wide array of materials, including nylon, titanium and sandstone.

The exhibit delves beneath the modern hype of 3D printing to show the prolific applications of 3D printing and what it will enable, from patient specific medical solutions to human cell replication to original and imaginative art pieces that unleash the creative potential  in all of us.


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Though centered on technology, the 3D printing exhibit is uniquely personal, with 3D scanned and printed models of museum visitors out on display. “By displaying models of people in the exhibition, we aim to create a deeper engagement with our visitors,” says museum content developer Pippa Hough. “Those who were scanned can feel a physical connection with the exhibition.”

Stories about the contributions of 3D printing to engineers, designers and manufacturers are becoming increasingly commonplace in our society. According to Suzy Antoniw, the leader of the “3D: Printing the Future” exhibition, this first-of-its-kind display “aims to shine a light on the latest developments and discuss where the technology may take us in the future.”

The exhibition will engage visitors in the latest science and technology issues through a program of holiday events and exhibitions. The exhibition is open to the public and free to visitors. More information can be found here.