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3D printing exhibition opens at Science Museum featuring organs, art and engineering

London's Science Museum has opened a new exhibition dedicated to 3D printing and the new innovations the technology has enabled.

Titled '3D: printing the future', the forward thinking exhibit features over 600 printed objects including replacement body parts and aeroplane engineering works.

Body parts include printed bones, which are already being used in medicine, as well as prototypes of printed organs and entire limbs that researchers hope to use in the future.

"Explore this exhibition to discover how innovators are using 3D printers to turn computer data into physical objects that could change your life. The stories we've uncovered focus on the future of industry, medicine and whether 3D printing will change your shopping experience," reads the exhibition preview.

"See lighter, more efficient plane parts created through 3D printing that could save fuel on your flights. Check out 3D printed replacement body parts – from those already used today, to the possible 3D printed organs of the future."

The exhibition also includes works by individual innovators such as Richard Van As, a carpenter who creates mechanical hand on a consumer 3D printer to replace his missing fingers and has since made the plans open source.

The work of artist Tobias Klein is also on show. His piece, Inversive Embodiment, is an intricate sculptural work that incorporates MRI scans and St Paul's Cathedral. He is just one of the artist showing at the exhibition.

The exhibition is open now in the Science Museum's Antenna Gallery.