Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Not Just Your Ordinary Printer: How About Printing Out a Vase for Your New Living Room Decoration?

You might have heard about 3D printing before, this technology has been implemented in the initial product design phase within various industries for years. Ranging from the customized invisible braces used by dentists to airplane component prototypes for the mechanics, the capability of creating real size models at a competitive price has proven to be beneficial. 

*Picture from Bloomberg Businessweek Technology

Not all 3D printers are the same, but the way they recreate real size modules are similar. Generally speaking, the printer can either receive 3D image files from 360 scanning or from an electronic design file. It will then melt the selected material such as ceramics or even steel and start to “print out” an ultra thin layer at the time. After countless layers, you’ll find yourself holding one of the most amazing inventions in the century. 

*Picture from Artstormer

3D printing technology is gradually pushing its use to the consumer market. The price is still expensive compared to regular printers, which is at about $1,500 per machine. However, users now have a chance to create something of their own at a much more affordable price. There are even some websites offering 3D printing services for the public, and some even come with a panel for designers to sell their 3D products.

*Picture from Artstormer

*Picture from geraldesign

*Picture from Bathsheba

Perhaps one day 3D printer will be a stable electronic product in every single household, just like TVs and computers. What will you “print” if you have such machine at home?

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