3D: printing the future



3D: printing the future is the current main exhibition in the Antenna – science news gallery.

Discover how innovators are using 3D printers to turn computer data into physical objects that could change our lives. The stories we’ve uncovered focus on the future of industry, medicine and whether 3D printing will change your shopping experience.

  • Check out 3D printed replacement body parts – from those already used today, to the possible 3D printed organs of the future.
  • See lighter, more efficient plane parts created through 3D printing that could save fuel on flights.
  • Discover the open-source mechanical hand that carpenter Richard Van As made on a consumer machine to replace his missing fingers.
  • And see how 3D printing can inspire artists through Tobias Kleinin's Inversive Embodiment, an intricate sculptural work that incorporates MRI scans and St Paul’s Cathedral.

How will 3D printing shape your future?

This exhibition runs until 4 January 2015.

Supporting resources

To complement the exhibition we have produced a series of short films in which experts explore the myths surrounding 3D printing technology.

There is also a set of pdf documents looking at different applications of 3D printing and the theme covered in our exhibition.

These are great resources to use in the classroom.



suggested 30 minutes
Suitable for:
ages 11-16+
Places per session:
not applicable
Pre-booking req'd:
Supervisory ratio:

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