Although the things that can be done with 3D printers are certainly amazing, many 3D-printed plastic items still have a certain “look” to them. This is largely due to the fact that each item is all one uniform color.
Popular 3D print service Shapeways may become even more popular if a new relationship with Neiman Marcus plays out. They’ve teamed with the upscale US retailer to provide a small selection of very cool 3D printed items on Neiman Marcus Online.
Although 3D printing technology has progressed in leaps and bounds in recent years, most printers are still only capable of printing a solid object out of a single material. That’s fine if you want to produce a plastic object with the same density throughout, but what if you want to use multiple materials in the one object or alter its internal architecture to vary its density and therefore its flexibility? A team at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has developed a new software pipeline that makes both these things possible…
With the help of the latest in 3D printing technology, Shapeways has redefined how a factory floor works.