3D printers, 3D printers everywhere!

There were a lot of buzz about 3D printing the whole month of September.

What is 3D printing?

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a process of creating solid 3D objects from a digital model usually through the use of a materials printer. 3D printers form the object by joining several layers of the materials. Traditional machining techniques, in contrast, use subtractive processes (e.g. filing, grinding, drilling, cutting the materials) to create the product.

With 3D printers, virtual models are transformed into thin horizontal cross-sections then laid down layer by layer until the object is complete. The layers are then fused together. With 3D printing, any shape can be created and the virtual and physical models are almost identical. Production of small quantities of products is faster and cheaper with 3D printers than with traditional manufacturing techniques. Very complex designs can also be created easier.

In this video, Lisa Harouni explains the basics of 3D printing.

 

Nowadays, 3D printing is not anymore limited to industrial applications. Small businesses, professionals, and hobbyists can also get their hands on less expensive models.

Some recent 3D printing news:

Cookson Precious Metals (CPM)’s Precious M 080 additive manufacturing system produces jewelry parts in gold

Policies of 3D printing services toward printing firearms and firearm components

Burritob0t 3D printer makes edible burritos

Nanoengineers can 3D print blood vessels

MakerBot releases Replicator 2 3D printer and MakerWare software

Eventorbot, the open-source 3D printer

Printrbot, the simple and affordable 3D printer

Deezmaker opens first 3D printer store in Pasadena, California

Injured bald eagle gets 3D printed prosthetic beak

MakerBot earns criticisms after moving its Replicator 2 printer away from open-source hardware

Formlabs turns to Kickstarter to develop inexpensive high-end 3D printers

 

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One comment

  1. Xavier says:

    I’ve noticed that you’ve written about Kickstarter campaigns and just thought that you might be interested in ours.

    We are launching our very own crowdfunding campaign for our company, Protos Eyewear, to crowdfund custom fit eyewear made via 3D printing.

    Unfortunately, Kickstarter no longer allows eyewear, so we have to work extra hard to get the word out. We would love to get your help and support in any way, shape or form. If you would like to write about our compelling project, then please do check us out at: protoseyewear.com

    We would be forever grateful if you can share our project with your readers, friends, or whoever you think would be interested, as we prepare for our launch!

    If you have any inquiries or concerns regarding our campaign, please feel free to contact us at team@protoseyewear.com

Let me know what you think!