When the company that helped invent 3D printing asks you if you want to be turned into a Star Trek statue, the only right answer is: “how soon?” Naturally, we immediately shot off a couple of selfies (front-facing and profile) and ticked off a couple of personal details: I wanted a phaser, naturally, and poor Tim got stuck in a red shirt, to help bring out the natural Riker in that beard of his. Sadly, we only had the option of the Original Series, in the lead up to launch, so you’ve got to use your imagination
Now that 3D printing — the process of making three-dimensional solid objects from digital designs — is available and affordable to individual consumers, it’s piqued a lot of interest across the tech space in the past few years. From scale models, gifts and clothing to prosthetic limbs, hearing aids and the prospect of 3D-printed homes , the possibilities seem endless
Last year Public Knowledge organized a small conference in Washington DC with the objective of providing real information to US legislators on the new topic of personal 3D printing. Now it appears they’re doing a repeat on April 24th. They say:
It’s an incredible way of making your imagination real: whatever you want to do or have dreamt of doing, 3D Printing Systems can take the idea and turn it into a physical reality. While 3D print technology has been around for over 20 years, it’s only now that lapsing patents on early technology has created Read the rest here: FROM `THOUGHTS’ TO `THINGS’ visit this page
Is 2013 the year that 3D printing goes mainstream? The technology is already decades-old, having been used to great effect in the world of industrial prototyping, but as more and more companies enter the fray, the world of consumer-facing printing seems less and less of a pipe dream. Is the world ready for a 3D printer on every desk?
3D printers might one day be as common as inkjets, letting you conjure up plastic visions of whatever pops into your head. At least, that’s the vision of its promoters and there’s now a wide variety of models and form factors in the market ranging from sub-$1,000 price tags up to $3-4k for more sophisticated systems. But despite the obvious utility for designers, prototypers and the like, will less demanding users warm to the tech
Ping Fu is very well-known in the 3D printing community, as she created Geomagic, maker of powerful 3D software tools enabling freeform design, scan handling, metrology and most notably, haptic-based design (that’s using a touch interface). Recently Geomagic was acquired by 3D Systems, where Ms. Fu now becomes their Chief Strategist.
High accuracy 3D printing wunderkind Formlabs is about to reach another milestone. After having been sued by 3D Systems for patent infringement, and also needing to make some minor tweaks to the printers design, Formlabs is set to ship their machine to customers this April. While originally slated for a February release, the minor one month hiccup doesn’t seem to be dissuading early adopting hobbyists from acquiring their new systems