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3D printed pills, dildos, guns and babies

We’re even printing medicine now, so what other bizarre products is the technology giving us?

By this point, you’re already well aware of 3D printers and how they’re continuing to push technology to mindblowing places we didn’t expect to end up in. They’re even available for the general public. As of this week, the US just approved the first 3D printed pill. An anticonvulsant (treatment for seizures), Spritam previously had issues with dissolving, but thanks to 3D modification, more porous layers have been added to the pill. It doesn’t just stop with pills though. 3D printing is forecast to become an £5 billion industry by 2020. As for now, North America and Asia are on the forefront, but it’s expected that Europe will surpass North America within a decade. We look at other products we never thought we’d see come out of a printer.

ORGANS AND PROSTHETICS

Organs are, as you know, vital. In life or death situations organs are needed pretty quickly too. That’s why we’re 3D printing bladders, vaginas, cartilage and skin. Initially, the organ to be reproduced is examined during a biopsy. Regenerative cells are isolated, multiplied, and then mixed with fluid that enables oxygen and the capability of nutrients to sustain among the living. A different cartridge of the printer then puts biomaterials into the organ.

Whether there’s a need for a new leg, arm, you name it, the 3D printer has revolutionized the custom prosthetic as well. Take Isabella, for instance. She has a bubblegum pink prosthetic arm engraved with her own name in cursive.

GUNS

This is kind of terrifying. A gun-controlled future is one that we majorly need – America’s recent tragic history is testament to that. A non-profit organization that endorses downloadable software for 3D printers everywhere is Defense Distributed. Based in Texas, the website offers users the chance to replicate AR-15s that require “no knowledge or experience” to create. They even add: “Legally manufacture unserialized AR-15’s in the comfort and privacy of your home”.

Jesus Christ.

FOOD

The 3D printing market will most likely become a common tool for food production in the future. But, meat? Really? Well, there’s not just meat – sugar and cocktail garnishes are also coming.

A neat advantage for 3D printed food customers is that you can preselect the nutritional value should you want a certain dosage of vitamins, even minerals. This will change the landscape of nutritional plans forever.

Based in Los Angeles, 3D Systems is at the forefront of educating people on the impact that 3D printers will have on the food world. Liz von Hasseln, the creative director of Sugar Lab at 3D Systems, says, “I don’t see this as a novelty. I see it as something that will really become part of the culinary fabric for years to come.”

FOETUSES

Move over sonograms, if you’re a parent and want something way more tangible, physical, and, yes, creepy you’re in luck! 3D Babies is a service that utilizes 3D or 4D ultrasounds to make a printable file that will result in your "baby" being either life-sized ($600), four inches ($400) or two inches ($200). As of now, there are only two poses available for you to choose from. Three skin tones are also available to choose from.

Fuck, this is weird.

SEX TOYS

Download the software and go ahead, print your sex toy at your own convenience. SexShop3D is a 3D Sex Toy store available online for those who own 3D printers and want to print something kinkier and more pleasurable. Cock rings, big dildos, nipple rings, and anal sex toys are all just a click away. It’s pretty cheap too (between £1 and £5 for the code).

So, wait…Does that mean I can print a tie-dye dildo?