The London Science Museum is calling its latest 3D printing exhibit an "explosion of over 600 printed objects."
"Explosion" might be the right word, for both the exhibit and the growth the industry has seen in general, which was probably the impetus for the exhibition, aptly named "3D: printing the future."
The exhibit includes everything from a 3D printed bicycle to a Robohand, the famous open source mechanical hand that has given amputees and those born with birth defects a workable appendage for about $500 in parts.
In keeping with the cutting edge nature 3D printing, the exhibit also includes 150 3D printed miniature models of museum visitors who went to see history and ended up part of it. The spectators were scanned into a computer and their 3D models were printed and put on display as means of creating a more interactive experience.
The exhibit explores the future of 3D printing and its effects on everything from the medical field to the average consumer's shopping experience.
Visitors learn how scientists are printing replacement body parts and get a glimpse of a day when we might be able to simply print the things we use in our everyday lives, rather than buying them at the store.
The exhibit even shows how 3D printing is touching the human soul by displaying some of artist Tobias Klein's work.
This isn't the museum's first foray into the 3D printing world.
In July, the museum displayed the first known 3D printed gun in Europe, which promptly exploded when fired.
"We are hoping this gun will really get people talking about 3D printing and its many possible applications, as well as the wider question of whether we should be able to download anything from the internet," exhibition developer Pippa Hough said when the gun was initially put on display.