3D Printing has been lauded as the next way to bring jobs back to America and the rest of the West by the Economist and other intellectual luminaries like Glenn Beck (cough cough). CAD-to-Print technologies combined with geographic proximity to the buyer has been summed up as the solution to what some call “the China problem”. I don’t see China as a problem – Western consumers save thousands of dollars and China is rapidly industrializing and becoming consumers of Western goods as well. That’s a good thing for everyone in my opinion. How does 3D Printing change this? How does it really.
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Researchers at the State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing, Northwestern Polytechnical University have been experimenting with 3D printing since 1995. And just recently they announced that they had printed a huge 3 meter wingspar out of titanium, strong enough to meet standards for aerospace use. Colour us impressed – to my knowledge, no one has created pieces that big, ever. Concrete or plastic, yes. Titanium? Oh my goodness.
What if you could feel your profile. Like, touch that data, man! Well, yes you can. The Creator’s Project (a partnership betweeen Intel and Vice Magazine) have been working with Shapeways to offer you a way of combining your likes, your friends and your pictures to create models that can be printed off. Do you remember Geoids? Now you can make a friend-Geoid with the Crystallized App by Softlab. Yes, your tumultuous relationship with your Ex has been condensed into shiny black and gold crystals.
At CES 2013, 3D Systems announced the release of Cubify Capture, which allows users to take a video or photo and turn it into an actual 3D-printable model. Over the past 9 months, 3D Systems has been trying to turn Cubify into a powerful cloud-based environment for not just downloading of files (for purchase), but uploading and 3D-ifying objects using video and images alone. That’s pretty exciting – but this is not a radical development – take a look at Trimensional or AutoDesk 123D Catch, for example. Plus, Makerbot has a kick-ass face-scanning booth at their Mid-town Manhattan store, covered by Solidsmack back in November. We tried the Cubify offering today – and …. well… let’s just say it’s not quite ready for prime time.
Makerbot announced today at CES 2013 the release of their Replicator 2x Experimental 3D Printer, an upgraded version of their successful line of Replicator 2. I’m reading the feeds as the info comes in and it’s looking good. You get the impression Makerbot is trying very hard to hit the Living Room and the Office, all at once. Watch the video after the jump.
3D Systems is a positive potent powerplant of press releases. Coming off their acquisition of Geomagic, 3D Systems decided to unleash upon the unsuspecting world their second-generation line-up of Consumer 3D Printers, just in time for CES 2013 (okay, not so unexpected). We asked, what could the ‘X’ in CubeX stand for? Famously, when US Steel changed their name to USX in 1986, Chairman James Roderick said to a curious reporter, “The X stands for Money.”
Filed under awwww, Crayon Creatures mixes Elmer-glued 3D Printing and the drawings of your young ones, allowing you to figure their scribbles out and genuinly exclaim, “OHHH, it is a Giraffe!” But, there is a challenge – how does one stick it to the fridge? Magnets and more Elmer’s glue, but really, there’s no need as this is a great way to make a fun toy for the kids. How many children have a custom purple Giraffes? NONE, that’s how many.
Nylon, it’s wonderful stuff. A silky fabric when weaved or a flexible polymer when moulded. Reach out with your hands and chances are you will touch something Nylon (Warning: Solidsmack is not responsible for any injury, due to electric fan or angry, nylon-collered Wombats). Oh, you have a 3D Printer next to your computer? And there’s no nylon? Well fret no more, Nylon printing is here for all you Reprappers/Makerboteurs.
Amazing new campaign out on Kickstarter – a lens attachment to give you, the iPhone user, the ability to scan an object and turn it into an OBJ, DXF or STL. So yes you can share your very best ‘ducklips’ over Facebook with an extra dimension of sheer silliness. The PhoneScope3D is placed over the back camera-lens, magnifying the image by 5x. The entire lens is surrounded by a set of LEDs that flash one after another, allowing your phone to stitch together all of the images from various angles and create 3D image with only one camera required.
Get this – $99 for the whole enchilada. And only 33 days to go. Check it!
2D Copy Centres are sooooo 2011. 3D Copy Centres – now that’s something I need. You know that feeling when you drafting a CAD model and you need it in your hand? And it’s 3am? And no one’s given you the new code to the Stratasys because you kept on 3D Printing what your boss called ‘unmentionable’? And you owe Shapeways because of that Paypal scam? Well fret no more, there’s a Staples around the corner and they do full-colour 3D Printing.