The idea people think that 3D printing is all about making silly toys, useless key chains, and your next iPhone cover at home…scares me.

The importance of 3D printing is so huge that it bugs me to think people fail to realize it.

Sure, the creative type will love the opportunity to print out all sorts of craps and call them “3D Printed Modern Sculpture” – but there’s so much more to it that it’s sad that people do not realize this.

Today, with the help of some scientific news, I’ll help you figure out some life-changing uses of the 3D printing technology.

Let’s start:

1. A revolution in medicine

I don’t want to make it too complicated, but 3D printing can save lives.

Medical FuturistMedicalFuturist published an interesting page dedicated exactly to this and to how 3D printing can be the next revolution in medicine.

From tumor and organ models, to bones, implants, and synthetic skin, 3d Printing can help science to make our lives better and strengthen our fights against some of today’s deadliest issues.

For a more ‘instutional” approach to this, you can also read an article published by the US National Library of Medicine from the National Institute of Health, where C. Lee Ventola expands on ongoing projects and current uses of 3D printing in medicine in the United States.

2. Gaming made easy (ore elitarian-ish)

You might already know that a 3D printer can help you reproduce your Monopoly missing parts, but did you know there are actual 3D Printing-based games on the Internet.

3d Printed GameAce of Brains launched an online / offline games that you can play for free here. While I believe they won’t get billions of players – printers are somewhat not mainstream yet -, the elite of 3D printers owners will love it to the moon and back.

Also, Hasbro is rumoured to be about to launch some new board games that will come with plastic parts and instruction on how to recreate them or how to evolve the basic pieces into something much cooler.

With a 3D printer, of course.

3. My very favourite story

Check out this inspiring article from the Observer.

Now, imagine: can a tiny machine really help change the life of 30 million people?

Yes, it can.

And that’s what I love about science.

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