Saturday, 27 June 2009
There will soon be models of everything, everywhere. [snip] It's a defining moment in a parent's life: Seeing their unborn child's image on an ultrasound for the first time. Now pregnant women could have the chance to hold a life-size model of their unborn baby. Stunning new technology allows parents to hold a life-size model of their unborn child
Monday, 15 June 2009
MakerBot Industries, an open source machine that can (almost, nearly, well, getting closer, one day ...) print itself
Want to make a TinTin rocket?
Jessie Saaser explains the process of creating a 3D sculpture: PictureBandit.com
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Must visit these guys. One of the best videos I have seen showing the range of possibilities for 3D printing:
Which 3D printing technology will 'win' in the market, or are different approaches going to find specific uses. Here's one way: fused deposition modeling. Durable, accurate, parts ... from your desktop. Slice the STL files and generate 3D support structure and extrusion paths. Solid material (thermoplastic) in filament form is heated to a less viscous state for extrusion. The model is built layer by layer, from the bottom up. Soluble supports are simply dissolved in a water based solution resulting in a part with smooth surface finish and fine detail in tact.
Squirting solid stuff (photopolymer cured instantly) is inkjet science stuff. The part is fully ready to be used at end of 3D print. Explains the background to this technology, and describes some of the materials used. 16micron layer allows very small surface on bio-compatible materials. How to produce moving parts .... squirt those air pixels.
As this field develops, new terminology will emerge. It's important the concept is 'understood', is an instant. I was struck by the terms used in this excellent video: From a 3D computer file emailed from Australia, to a model in your hand!
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
My guess is, there will be considerable innovation in materials for 3D printing over the next decade. Here is a snip from ZCorp: [snip] Z Corporation today released zp(R)150, a premium composite build material for its ZPrinter(R) 450 and ZPrinter(R) 650 3D printers. zp150 improves the strength and color of 3D printed models for 3D CAD while producing whiter whites for applications such as architectural modeling where true white is the traditional standard. Z Corporation Introduces zp150 Composite Material for Tougher 3D Printed Parts, Rich Colors and Whiter Whites
Jay Leno - US TV Host - has a lot of old cars with a lot of obsolete parts. When he needs to replace these parts, he skips the error-prone machinist and goes to his rapid prototyping 3D printer. Simply scan, print and repeat. Read the article, and watch the video. As he says 'Pretty amazing" Jay Leno’s 3D Printer Replaces Rusty Old Parts