One of the worst things about breaking a bone is being stuck in a cast.
Technology has slowly been evolving ever since man created the wheel, but over the last 100 years, it's really taken off in an extraterrestrial direction. Thanks to incredible advances in technology, people are now able to use a 3D printer to do some pretty wild things. If you haven't seen what they're capable of yet, then keep scrolling because you're in for a huge surprise.Fortunately, with 3D printing people can spend less time in a cast and more time healing their bones.
Advanced technology allowed scientists to create the closest thing to an artificial human heart.
"This is the first time anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles, and chambers," said lead researcher Professor Tal Dvi.
Can you imagine being able to make a replica of your own face?
Now, a 3D exact replica of your face sure beats a selfie any day!
The simple fact that this is a 3D printed cast is pretty incredible, but do you see those cords coming out of it?
Those cords are using ultrasounds to help the bones actually heal faster! Talk about alien-like technology!
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3D printers can have a huge impact on the lives of many people and animals.
When this person noticed that his tiny neighbor wasn't able to walk, he 3D printed this very tiny little carrier. Cute and easy to carry? You can't beat that.
In 2012, a titanium jaw made from a 3D printer was successfully transplanted into a patient's mouth.
The jaw and teeth implants can help people get a new look with less scarring and downtime. Hopefully, this technology will help to save money and maybe even less pain.
When it comes to 3D printing, the possibilities are literally endless.
Instead of making a costume or a chess board, this person decided to make this beautiful violin. Hopefully, it sounds as beautiful as it looks!
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Children have wild imaginations and an incredible love for superheroes.
In the past, if someone wanted to dress up like a superhero they would have to be happy with a bit of cloth and maybe some paint. Today, thanks to technology, people can show up to Comicon in realistic costumes!
One of the greatest things about 3D printers is their ability to change how we live today.
This house was printed in less than 24 hours! Imagine all the money and time saved!
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It goes without saying that people who are blind miss out on a lot of beauty in the world.
But thanks to 3D printing, people who are blind are able to see magnificent works of art for the very first time.
This beautiful gold ring was created using a 3D printer!
Imagine how cool it would be to design your own jewelry. Wouldn't that be awesome?
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One of the greatest benefits of 3D printing is the amazing life-changing capabilities it can have for people who have lost one or more of their limbs.
This looks like it's something straight out of the Terminator! If you have to go without one of your limbs, this is definitely the way to do it.
Who would've thought that one day you would be able to hold an exact replica of your brain in your hand?
Well, at least a replica of your brain. This father took the data from his son's MRI and created an incredible replica of his brain.
Speaking of helping others, this beautiful toucan had a broken bill.
So with the help of a 3D printer, this man made him a brand new bill! That's one good looking bird.
What's a tortoise without a shell on its back? Not a very happy tortoise that's for sure.
When this animal's shell became cracked, rescuers knew they needed to help. Thus, we have this incredible life-saving creation that you see here!
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If you can't help ease the suffering for really cute creatures with your 3D printer, then what are you doing with your life?
This adorable feline needed a bit of help walking, so her humans made this teeny little wheelchair for her! It's sad that she needs it, but you can't really get much cuter than that.
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As simple as it looks to 3D print something, it can actually take quite a bit of time.
Over a six month period of time, this fella built an extremely lifelike Iron Man costume. Needless to say, it's quite impressive.
Adidas used 3D technology to create running shoes made from fishing nets found in the ocean.
The prototype is Adidas' statement of intent for the future. Hopefully, one day customers will be able to walk into stores and have their feet analyzed so that custom shoes can be made for them on a 3D printer in just minutes.