3D Printing – printing of the future?

Posted by on 27 Dec 2010 | Category: Industry Trends

In an age in which the news, books, music, video and even our communities are all the subjects of digital dematerialisation, the development and application of 3D printing reminds us that human beings have both a physical and a psychological need to keep at least one foot in the real world.

3D printing has a bright future.

3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing technology where a three dimensional object is created by laying down successive layers of material.

Its finding use in the jewellery, footwear, industrial design, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), automotive, aerospace, dental and medical industries.

One company investing in this technology is Makerbot Industries. They have created an affordable 3D printer and a Thingiverse website and online community, which allows "fabbers" (desktop fabricators, ie. owner/operators of home 3D printers) to share the digital design files (in STL format) for their printed objects.

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One Response to “3D Printing – printing of the future?”

  1. on 13 Feb 2011 at 10:09 pm Bruce said …

    There is a new low cost desktop 3d printer available from http://www.3dprinting.co.nz

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