3D Printing Objects

October 30, 2011 at 9:05 pm Leave a comment

Although I have already talked about 3D printing organs I came across this video a few weeks ago and it blew my mind. Also just this weekend I went to a technology conference where they actually had the printers functioning. I got to touch the products, move them, and try them out. It was one of the coolest things that I have had the chance to experience.

Watch this video and you understand:

If your asking your self, “what is the purpose of this?” Think about the possibilities. Companies or high schools can purchase a machine for roughly $40,000 with some stipends for educational purposes.  Students can learn how to use printers like the Z Printer with the possibility of using it in their future jobs. The products that come out from the Z Printer are mostly used for prototypes. But students can make items and sell them to make money for their school. The speaker at the conference said that he heard that one school made pens with the Z Printer, and all they had to do was buy the ink to be inserted in the pen.

Furthermore the video below talks about using a 3D printer in space, so then the astronauts could make any type of tool that they might need. When spacecrafts are launched into air they need to bring everything that they need, but have the weight as minimal as possible. Could you imagine that they could bring even less items, and only make them if they needed them with the printer? Sometimes space launches bring items that they think they will need but in the long run they are never used. This way they can just bring the Z printer  (365 lbs-750 lbs) and only print the items they need when they need it.

According to the ZPrinter website they have some statistics on their different types of machines.

  • 5x-10x faster than all other technologies
  • Output multiple models in hours, not days
  • Build multiple models at the same time
  • Support an entire engineering department or classroom with ease
  • Produce realistic color models without paint
  • Better evaluate the look, feel, and style of product design
  • 3D print text labels, logos, design comments, or images directly onto model
  • Full 24-bit color, just like a 2D printer. Produce millions of distinct color
  • One-fifth the cost of other technologies
  • Finished parts cost $.20 USD per cubic centimeter  in material
  • Unused materials are recycled for the next build, eliminating waste
  • Quiet, safe, odor free
  • Eco-friendly, non-hazardous build material
  • Accurate; part features within +/- 0.008 inches* (+/- 0.2 mm*)
  • Zero liquid waste
  • No physical support structures to remove with dangerous cutting tools or toxic chemical
All and all this type of 3D printer is definitely going to be a large part of our future. Could you imagine having one of these in your house? You literally can make a product on your computer, hit print, and a few hours later you have an assembled movable part.
I hope you now understand how amazing this product is, and enjoyed reading my blog.
Quiz time!!
~Lauren
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