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Possible Applications

3D printers play different roles in different individual disciplines. The possibilities offered by 3D printing are of particular advantage in the fields of medicine, dentistry, and the natural sciences. In medicine Monash University is a pioneer in the preparation of compounds. There, students have the opportunity to develop their skills while working on any number of test objects, without having to worry about the consequences of serious mistakes. Compounds which are scanned in can also be digitally processed and colored prior to printing. In dentistry Similar to their application in the field of medicine, it is possible to use 3D printers to produce practice compounds in virtually unlimited quantities. In addition, lecturers from the University of Münster emphasize how helpful the three-dimensional representation of root canals is in facilitating the learning process of students. Through the use of a variety of printing materials, the creation of extremely realistic training teeth is possible. In the Natural Sciences 3D prints can be used to realize a wide variety of experimental setups. The possibilities are manifold: “On the one hand, for example, special mirror holders or specific wind tunnel configurations can be generated as required. On the other hand, analogical experiments can be implemented with the 3D printer.” (Heusler 2014, 2). It is possible to print out complex extensions of functions to facilitate better comprehension in mathematics and physics, and students of chemistry may benefit from printed visualizations of molecules and structures. Further areas of study Other disciplines can also benefit from the possibilities of the 3D printer: • Archeology, history, art history: the printing of digitized exhibits from various museums • Biology: the printing of skeletons, organs, cross sections, rare compounds • Geography: the creation of three-dimensional maps • Engineering: the production and testing of prototypes; production of special experimental setups The Computer Center (Rechenzentrum) is available to answer any technical questions.