Titled ‘3D:printing the future', the exhibition, which opened to the public on 9th October will run for eight months.
The new exhibition explores the rapidly evolving field of 3D printing and features 600 printed objects that illustrate the diverse applications for the technology including replacement body parts, artworks, metal teeth, aeroplane parts, and the notorious ‘Liberator' plastic gun; the exhibition focuses on three key sectors in which the technology is driving innovation – industry, medicine and small-scale projects and businesses.
Suzy Antoniw, Exhibition Leader, Science Museum explains 3D printing enables engineers and designers to manufacture things they couldn't make with traditional methods. The technology is being used by people from across society in different ways to realise their ideas and enrich people's lives. The exhibition aims to shine a light on the latest developments and discuss where the technology may take the world in the future.
Renishaw designs and manufactures its metal-based 3D printing machines in the UK, and also uses the technology to develop and manufacture its own products, including metal crowns and bridges for its dental business for supply across the UK and Europe.
Simon Scott, Director of Renishaw's Additive Manufacturing Products Division comments the hosting of the exhibition by the Science Museum illustrates the significant awareness that 3D printing has gained in recent years. Instead of being a replacement technology, 3D printing will positively complement existing technologies to bring significant improvements to product design and manufacture, he added.
The exhibition is supported by Principal Funder EADS, Major Funders Renishaw, the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) and the Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing Research Group (3DPRG) based at The University of Nottingham.