Science Museum exhibition showcases 3D printing innovation from body parts to spacecraft

3D: Printing the future
An artificial hand created with 3D printing by the carpenter Richard Van As, who lost four fingers in an accident. He has made the plans available to all.

3D printing and the ways it will affect day-to-day life are the subject of a wide-ranging new exhibition set to open at the Science Museum this autumn.

3D: printing the future, which begins on 9 October, features work from fields as diverse as sculpture, medical prosthetics, pharmaceutical engineering and aeronautics, highlighting creativity and visual elegance alongside potentially life-enhancing innovation.

Suzy Antoniw, the exhibition leader, said, "3D printing enables engineers and designers to manufacture things they couldn't make with traditional methods. Every day we learn about new ways in which people from across society are capitalising on the technology to realise their ideas and enrich people's lives. Our exhibition aims to shine a light on the latest developments and discuss where the technology may take us in future."

Exhibits will include an artificial hand (above) and other replacement body parts; new engineering methods used to create light components for planes and space probes; custom drug design; and 3D figures created from scans of visitors themselves.

3D: Printing the future is a free exhibition and will run in the Science Museum's Antenna gallery for nine months. Below are some of the 3D printed artworks and objects on show.

3D: Printing the future

3D: Printing the future

3D: Printing the future
Inversive Embodyment, a nylon sculpture from Studio Tobias Klein, created by combining MRI scans of Klein's body with the structure of St Paul's cathedral. Credit: Ute Klein

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