3D Printing

Seriously, how cool is this?

Imagine when there is a reverse process of this that the substrate the tool was created from could be recycled? You could create tools from pre-saved computer scans, use them, then recycle them.

Just like the replicators on Star Trek!

And you know the first thing the guys did when they created this printer was scan their junk and print it out. And leave it on their coworkers desk.

That’s what *I* would have done.

Thanks to MAG for sharing this video with me.

Until next time...
Erik

4 thoughts on “3D Printing

  1. Way cool. Over at Instructables.com you can build a 3D printer out of LEGO that uses chocolate as its medium 🙂 I think they also have plans for a run-of-the-mill 3D printer out of shelf parts that somebody at MIT cobbled up as their thesis or something.

    This is such cool technology. I think I remember (if I’m not just dreaming this, which is entirely possible) that somewhere, somewhen a guy built a 3D printer that was large enough to print a house – it used concrete and was a huge XYZ construct.

  2. What’s cool about the powder process they’re using is that the finished pieces can be hollow or have detached and distinct parts, such as the screw part of the wrench they made. The excess powder supports these parts in a way that thin air cannot.

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