🕐 Updated 6:35 AM ET, Thurs Aug 18, 2016

3D
designs have been our obsession for years and so we’re constantly on the lookout for ideas that are advancing the industry. So what ideas are killing it? Well, we found five with a touch of big data tools and balanced subjectivity, then weighed undeniable usefulness and flat-out impressive application of 3D printing technology.

Called the boxer because it's pairs of opposing pistons punch horizontally outward. A marvel of engineering when it was introduced 50 years ago because of it's balance of power, refinement, and low center of gravity. It also demanded a complex production process that translated to few copycats, until 3D printing came along. Exact dimensions were obtained, in this case, from hand tools then scaled-down to 35% before using a basic 3D printer to produce the parts. Last year, GE printed a working jet engine entirely with additive manufacturing so it could just be a matter of time till we see a printed boxer that actually fires-up!


(Thingiverse.com)


Become the hero of your home or classroom and reap some educational benefits with this fantastic Tyrannosaurus Rex. At 1:20 scale, it already fits the majority of build areas but can be scaled easily if needed. Better yet, most didn't even need to add supports and included PDF instructions make it easier to assemble the 79 pieces.


(Thingiverse.com)


We don't have the guts to test this out, let alone get a tattoo in the first place, but we are looking forward to more results and testimonials. Definitely in the hybrid build category, the designs, details on required mechanicals, and a wiring diagram are included.


(Sparkfun.com)


We love both hybrid designs and mixed production techniques because they redefine the application of traditional and additive techniques. These innovative steps may be incremental in eventually advancing 3D Printing into the mainstream. Case in point: this vacuum-forming box not only is mostly 3D printed, according to the designer "It will allow you to rapidly create vacuum molds of 3D prints or everyday objects to use for ice cube trays, chocolate molds, wax molds, etc."


(Thingiverse.com)


The first version of this fan got our attention but we were a bit skeptical. Dyson is famous for failing endlessly before getting their products near perfect, so naturally the first 3D printed version may have needed some work. It seemed the designers were already improving the initial release when they made the second version public only a couple months later. The real thing is easily one of the coolest fans out there and we're thrilled to see a 3D printed example. If only Dyson would see the disruptive opportunity and release a competing design!


(Helixmedia.com)


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