You’re a high school science teacher and your class is learning about dinosaurs.
3D printing offers some phenomenal opportunities to advance medical care , and not just for humans. At Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, doctors are using a MakerBot 3D printer to make delicate doggie surgery possible.
Up until now, most of the popular 3D printing hype has swirled around plastic 3D printers, which have been used to make everything from clothing to art.
We examined the Italian KentStrapper Volta 3D printer and found a very solid design. The Volta uses a laser-cut wood frame, unlike other models that have shifted to metal frames, but does use linear bearings to provide smooth mechanical movements.
Everything from photography, to television, to printers made the eventual evolution from black and white to full color. And following in those technological footsteps is the 3D printer, with 3D Systems recently announcing what it’s claiming is the world’s first continuous-tone full color plastic printer called the ProJet 4500 .
It was inevitable, but the personal 3D printing community is not reacting well to the announcement by Stratasys that it was suing Afinia for patent infringement . It seems that the feeling is that other new 3D printer manufacturers might also become legal targets as patented technology could be found in their equipment.