3D: Printing the Future

For the last few months, visitors to Manchester’s Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) have been wowed by how 3D printing is revolutionising the fields of architecture, construction, medicine and engineering.

The 3D: Printing the Future exhibition brings together hundreds of 3D printed objects, from 3D printed knickers to 3D printed pills and a synthetic heart. It also explores how 3D printing has unleashed a wave of innovation across the globe.

Hobs 3D are delighted to be the presenting partner for the exhibition and have 3D printed most of the items on display. The exhibition also features live 3D printing demonstrations on most days which are ‘powered by Hobs 3D’.

Head of Exhibitions at MOSI, Rachel Knight comments: “Our 3D: Printing the Future exhibition continues to draw large number of visitors through the doors of our historic 1830 warehouse. It is so gratifying to see so many different age groups as enthralled with this exhibition and technology as we are. Thanks to the support of Hobs, and the loan of their 3D printer for the exhibition, we are able to show visitors exactly how the technology works and what it is capable of.”

The exhibition celebrates the creativity and examines the potential of this ground-breaking technology. It reveals how 3D printing will change our lives, including how it’s radically changing the way that medicines and replacement body parts are designed and produced.

The exhibition has been promoted heavily throughout the North West and entire country, gaining many interviews with regional and national publications and also an interview with Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, as detailed in the Winter 2014 Hobserver.

There have also been some special events such as a ‘meet the expert’ panel, live demos and late night openings. The aim is to educate adults on the possibilities of this new technology, and the various benefits it has. It is anticipated that the exhibition will have had over 400,000 visitors during its run.

Sally MacDonald, Director of MOSI commented “I wish to thank Hobs 3D personally for laser scanning Bez’s head and for producing the 3D printed models. Having had a bit of experience with 3D printing, in my last role at UCL, it’s brilliant to see how you met this challenge! All the MOSI team, the guests, press and, of course, Bez himself absolutely loved the resulting model.”

The exhibition is free to attend, and runs until May 2015, so we hope you can make a visit! For more information visit www.MOSI.org.uk

In the words of the exhibition: Try it. Perfect it. Print it. Join the 3D printing revolution.

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