Unusual uses of 3D printing

Some of the more surprising ways in which people are using 3D printers.

From edible shoes to a printed fetus, the limits of 3D printing are being put to the test with a whole host of interesting and unique uses for this exciting and emerging technology.


3D Fetus


One company in Tokyo, Japan is offering a 3D print of your very own “bundle of joy”. The project is a joint offering from 3D fabricators Fasotec In collaboration with Parkside Hiroo Ladies Clinic in Mintao-ku, Tokyo.

The finished miniature fetus measures 90x60x40mm and is created through an MRI scan, which is then generated into a 3D “mesh” or model.

Once ready to print, clear resin is used for the “mother’s body”. The position, posture and appearance are an exact replica from the MRI scan image.



3D Printed Pasta

Googles 3d printed pasta


Chef Bernard Faucher has been taking food preparation to the next level at Google’s Mountain View headquarters by 3D printing his own pasta!

Faucher uses a 3D printer (while manually controlling temperature and time) to create new, customized food. At the moment, pasta and vegetables are hot on the menu.

The chef says that it allows him to produce food with “a very distinct and customizable shape”.



Shoe Burger

shoe burger

Shapeways community member, Tristan Bethe, decided on a novel way to win a food competition at work by making unusual use of 3D printing.

After scanning his shoe, Tristan created a silicon mold to add his bread mix before baking. The result is a very unique burger that is sure to get attention.

With similar creative uses of this new technology, 3D printing is sure to make its way into mainstream consumers homes – and if it doesn’t, I’ll eat my shoe!



Head Shaped Urn

Head Shaped Urn


Cremation Solutions is offering the chance to store your loved one’s ashes in your very own 3D printed head! The Vemont-based company, which specializes in memorial events and cremation products, allows customers to have a hollowed out head to store their ashes, complete with the face of the deceased printed on it.

If that wasn’t strange enough, they also offer celebrity urns so you can rest “in the image of your loved one or their favorite celebrity or hero, even President Obama!”



An Espresso Cup You Could Dress Up



A 3D printed espresso cup, with an ear handle, that you could ALSO print jewelry for. Jewelry for the ear of your espresso cup. Whatever floats your boat!



Fashion Collection

Iris-van-Herpen-3D-printed-fashion-1This is a piece from designer Iris van Herpen’s second 3D printed collection. She collaborated with architect Daniel Wildrig along with .MGX by Materialise and calls this Escapism couture. The 3D printed pieces were made at Materialise, which is listed on our 3D printing services. 3D printing is looking more and more gorgeous, dahling!