3D-Printed Haptic Feedback Shifter
A Ford engineer by the name of Zac Nelson recently took the guts from an Xbox 360 controller, stuffed them into a 3D-printed shift knob casing, and used open-source technology to transform it into a vibrating driving instructor for those of us who never learned how to operate a manual transmission vehicle.
3D-Printed Levitating LED Lamp
Early 3D-printed objects were rather rigid and plain, but advances in 3D printers have allowed the industry to become far more aesthetically pleasing. Margot Krasojevic’s ethereal Orbital Levitation Lamp hovers above a semi-conducting base and rotates in thin air when gently pushed. The light can also be hung like a static ceiling pendant.
3D-Printed Artificial Bone
No, you didn’t read that wrong. Scientists at MIT have figured out a way to produce a 3D-printed artificial bone material that is just as lightweight and durable as the real thing. “By analyzing the structural patterns found in natural bone and mother of pearl, the team has produced a 3D-printed material that mimics the structure and performance actual bones,” writes Inhabitat’s Lori Zimmer.