When Marty McFly went to the future in Back to the Future II, he went to 2015. While we don’t have hoverboards or flying cars yet, the real 2015 is actually much cooler than the make-believe one. One reason? 3D printing.
Just a year or two ago, 3D printing — the process of turning digital renderings into three-dimensional solid objects — seemed like a wild, futuristic idea with few real-world applications. Now people are creating bigger and more complex things with 3D printers, and it’s just a matter of time before we’re using them to solve any number of problems.
Here are a few of our favorite recent examples of 3D printing:
Full-size Batman armour
People who say that Bruce Wayne didn’t have any superpowers are wrong. He had super wealth. He spent millions of dollars to become the Dark Knight, but you can become the Caped Crusader with nothing more than a good 3D printer.
(photo from 3Dprint.com)
Bond’s cars. James Bond’s car.
Model cars have been around for generations, but 3D printing is taking them to a whole new level. Check out this model of an Aston Martin DB5, which is the car the James Bond drove in Skyfall. Sweet.
(photo from 3ders.com)
3D printing isn’t just about fun. It also about finding cost-effective solutions to age-old problems.
Industrial designer William Root’s Exo Prosthetic Leg is affordable, and it looks awesome, too! With more than 2 million amputees in the United States alone, this is a great example of using 3D printing to make people’s lives better.
Always striving to lead in packaging innovation, Ernest is already using 3D printing to create mockups for clients. The opportunities for this new technology will only increase over time, and our use of it will expand as well.
We might not fight super villians like The Joker or Bane, but we can be your hero when it comes to innovative packaging solutions. Contact Ernest — or just flash the ErnestSignal — to get started.