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3D: printing the future

3D: printing the future is an exhibition currently on display in the Antenna science news gallery. It explores how innovators harness the power of 3D printing. Here our experts look into 3D printing myths in the media.

Recent advances in 3D printing mean that more people than ever can make their ideas real. This explosion of creativity has created millions of interesting things – some of them could even change your life. No wonder 3D printing is always in the news. But are the stories accurate, or even true? Let our experts guide you around the hype of 3D printing, as they reveal this technology’s real-life potential.

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Major funders:

EPSRC logo       Renishaw logo           Nottingham University logo 

With additional thanks to 3TRPD Ltd, Laser Lines Ltd and RepRap Professional Ltd for significant donations to the mass display.


Have your say

One of the great things about 3D printing is the ability to freely share your designs made. But some things might be under copyright, or even dangerous, such as the 3D printed gun. Who’s to say what can and cannot be shared?

See what people are saying about open-source inventions and have your say on Twitter with our hashtag #PrintTheFuture.


Design and share your own 3d printing

Have you seen the huge display of over 600 3D printed widgets, gadgets and gizmos from around the world in our exhibition? These were designed by professional designers and enthusiasts.

Have a go at 3D printing your own design and share it with us on Tumblr.

Clothoid.A lamp is created by a mathematical...
Clothoid.A lamp is created by a mathematical...
The P6*6, a 3D printed Pinhole Camera. The P6*6...

3D: printing the future

Opens 9 October 2013.

Admission free