Exploring the Top 3D Printing Videos of 2023


The year 2023 is drawing to a close, and to celebrate these final moments, we’ve compiled the best 3D printing videos the year has to offer. In this article, we bring you a variety of unmissable content. Discover the various projects and innovations that marked this year in diverse fields such as automotive, aerospace, environmental, medical, film, construction, sports, food and fashion! See the first 3D printed rocket take off in Florida and 3D printing’s contribution to the latest Pinocchio film. We also have videos on technological advancements such as 3D printed vegan meat, the evolution of bioprinting with the reproduction of a heart, and much, much more. Enjoy this article as we close out 2023, and get ready to celebrate starting 2024!

Liftoff of the First 3D Printed Rocket

In this first video, Relativity Space prepares for the third test launch of its Terran 1 rocket, nicknamed “GLHF” (Good Luck, Have Fun) in Florida. The Terran 1 rocket is the largest 3D printed object to attempt space flight. The two-stage rocket features nine 3D-printed Aeon engines on its first stage. All Relativity engines are also entirely 3D printed. The video begins just 28 minutes from lift-off and concludes with the rocket’s dramatic ascent into the sky. To see for yourself, watch the video below!

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Pinocchio – Animation Merges with 3D Printing

Are you passionate about cinema? If you haven’t yet had the chance to see the latest Pinocchio film directed by Guillermo del Toro, let us give you an excellent reason to do so! The magic of this stop-motion animated film was made possible by the use of 3D printing technologies to create the character of Pinocchio himself. In this video, go behind the scenes with Georgina Hayns, “Pinocchio” puppet manufacturing supervisor, and Brian Leif Hansen, animation supervisor.

Are 3D Printers the Future of Construction?

This video showcases the creation of the biggest building in Europe that uses 3D printing technology, highlighting a landmark in the construction industry. The machinery performs equivalent to several workers, building four square meters of wall per hour by layering concrete. This project shows the potential of 3D construction. Site manager Chikaeze Ugwu expresses his pleasure with the progress made and outlines the benefits of using 3D printing in construction. For instance, it is thrice as quick as traditional methods and uses less material and labour, leading to a greener approach.

Looking Into the BMW Factory with ExOne

A different, automotive-oriented subject is coming up next. We dive into ExOne’s Binder Jetting 3D printing technology in this segment, which BMW utilizes for eco-friendly production. Journey with us into the Landshut factory, BMW’s largest for conventional parts, where over 3 million components are produced annually. The facility’s focus is on smartly designed parts to enhance performance and energy efficiency. ExOne has been a digital manufacturing partner for BMW for over two decades, assisting in the development of new production methods for intelligent components. Eric Bader, ExOne’s Managing Director, reveals how their Binder Jetting 3D printing technology is integral to operations at BMW in this video. Get the answers below!

3D Printed Organs: A Solution to the Global Shortage?

Let’s take a closer look at the subject of bioprinting. In today’s world, the shortage of organs for transplantation is a worrying reality, resulting in the loss of 17 lives every day. But this video shows us a glimmer of hope that comes from 3D printing, thanks to a method developed by engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). They use a specialized polymer-based ink to 3D print artificial hearts, precisely reproducing the patient’s cardiac appearance and function. This discovery therefore has the potential to transform organ transplantation practices and personalize medicine. But how do they do it? This video explains the process of reproducing a heart using 3D printing.

Steakhouse Serves Up 3D Printed Vegan Meat

Meat-lovers who have chosen to be vegetarian to protect the environment can now enjoy steak at El Santuari steakhouse near Barcelona, thanks to 3D printing! This restaurant, ranked among the best in the world for its steaks, was originally renowned for its exotic meats such as wagyu, zebra and crocodile. In collaboration, bioengineer Giuseppe Scionti, committed to preserving the planet, and Josep Sanitjas have developed a 3D-printed vegan steak. This steak, produced with 3D printing, is designed to offer the same taste as the restaurant’s traditional steaks, and it almost perfectly resembles a conventional steak in terms of texture: crispy, juicy, and offering a sensory experience similar to that of authentic meat! This innovation marks a step towards a more sustainable, plant-based future for the food industry.

Fashion Company Adopts 3D Printing to Create Sustainable Clothing

Today, fast fashion with its mass production and consumption, has a major environmental impact on our world, generating nearly $500 billion worth of discarded clothing every year. As the world’s third largest contributor to pollution, the fashion industry accounts for 10% of global CO2 emissions. To counter this, some initiatives, like that of Garrett Gerson, founder of Variant 3D, are turning to 3D printing. His company allows consumers to design garments via software, then send them to local 3D printers. This approach aims to make clothing production more sustainable, with no waste, using sustainable fibers and local production, and even creating bespoke garments.

3D Printing Redefines Automotive Performance in Formula 1

Additive manufacturing is also used in Formula 1, where it has to meet the high demands of top-level sport. Jabil and the Alpine F1 Team are joining forces to innovate with 3D printing. This technology makes it possible to create specialized parts using cutting-edge materials, meeting the rigorous standards of motor racing. By exploiting 3D printing, they accelerate prototype design, facilitate vehicle development, and optimize the production of automotive parts. This approach offers the team a crucial competitive advantage in the demanding environment of Formula 1 racing.

Surfboards 3D Printed from Recycled Plastic Waste

Montpellier-based startup Yuyo transforms plastic waste into surfboards using recycled plastic packaging! Founder Romain Paul, a passionate surfer, created Yuyo to make surfboard production more sustainable. Using large-format 3D printing, the startup manufactures the internal parts of the surfboards from plastic filaments sourced from local waste. The boards are also laminated with biocomposite materials. In addition to the ecological benefits, 3D printing enables full customization of the boards for each customer.

Exploring the Difficulties of FDM 3D Printing

In this episode of our “3D Explained” series, you’ll learn all about the potential complications of FDM 3D printing! You may have already experienced some of the potential mistakes Elliot explains in the video. Find out what you can do to optimize your 3D printing. Problems such as print stains, over-extrusion and under-extrusion issues are all covered in the video. This episode contains useful tips and emphasizes that every 3D printing problem is an opportunity to learn and improve. So don’t give up, and keep printing!

The Future of Boxing: 3D Printed Boxing Gloves

Attention sports fans! Additive manufacturing is gaining ground in the sports industry, and Hayabusa’s T3D boxing gloves are a perfect example. Thanks to 3D printing, these gloves outperform their traditional counterparts by effectively absorbing shock and offering superior protection thanks to soft padding. The special 3D-printed structure inside the gloves provides durability, surpassing conventional knuckle padding. With T3D, Hayabusa innovates the production of boxing gloves. Discover them in the video!

Formnext 2023: The 3Dnatives Team’s Favorite Applications

In this video from November, we invite you to immerse yourself in the heart of the must-attend event for additive manufacturing: Formnext. The 3Dnatives team guides you on a tour, unveiling its selection of the most striking applications presented at the event. From playful creations to revolutionary innovations, their choice highlights the diversity and ingenuity of 3D printing technology. Watch the video to discover our team’s favorite applications from Formnext 2023. From a 3D-printed violin to a table, and from a car seat to a bicycle, not forgetting a Formula 1 car, these examples illustrate the variety of applications that have marked our experience. Don’t delay in discovering them!

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