3D Printers: Why Nobody Needs One For Christmas
The article talks about how the trend of 3D printing has getting people fascinated about the possibilities that this technology can makes. However, it says that it is really expensive considering the real gains having one 3D printer at home. According to the article, the average of those machines on market varies from $1000 till $2000, what is pretty expensive to have it at home. Although the author doens't agree with the idea of having a 3D printer at home, he shows other applications where this technology makes all difference. For example, in a hospital when sometimes you need something at that moment what can make the whole difference, or in spacial journeys where it can create a on-demand supply chain for needed tools and parts.
The da Vinci 1.0 AiO Is The Future Of All-In-One 3D Printers
The article talks about XYZPrinting da Vinci 1.0 AiO which is a 3D printer and also a scanner, both built in the same machine a really accessible price: $799. Some examples of printing are giving to explain how easy and good this machine works. However, the user tells us about limitations of this device. He says that shiny objects are not recommended to be printed and even matte objects lose some details when are printed. The machine is compared in price and size as a average laser printer. Unfortunately, the case is sealed and you can't just change the filament for some of your own will because it is a DRM-protected 3D printing. In other words, buying the machine you are contracting also the necessity of buy the filament from the same company.
‘It’s NOT Nerf or Nothin’!’ – Now You Can 3D Print Your Own Nerf-Like Gun
The popular and old fashioned NERF gun after 30 years finally found a threat. The 3D printing technology could be able to let users produce they own NERF guns at home, and the best part is that those guns are showing to be more efficient than the original ones. It is really interesting how new technologies no only make new things but also recreate old ones.
The video below shows one NERF gun developed by a user of a ROBO3D 3D who nicknamed himself on the link's page by the username 1nxtmonster
Would You Live In A 3D Printed House?
The 3D printing is revolutionizing the way to do things. Even the process of building a house can be changed completely with this technology. Scalability is allowing the 3D printing to create each day things greater things. The idea now is build houses and infrastructure construction. Using 3D printing to this goal reduces the cost with material and labor.
The article shows 3 examples of 3D printing for urban structures:
1. A global engineering firm in Australia called Arup created a complex design for a bridge support that was lighter and had an unusual design that couldn't be made by conventional methods.
2. Amsterdam built the largest-scale 3D printer and is building a house along the famous canal over there. The project is expected to be completed in 2015. Sustainable materials are being tested together with the 3D printing in this case.
3. Shanghai WinSun Decoration Design Engineering printed 10 houses which costs only $4,000 in less than 24 hours. The houses are not the most beautiful when it comes about design, but the cost and the time to build definitely is a good point to help solve crisis.
Turning Artifacts into Ornaments via 3D Printing Technology
Have you ever thought that could be possible having a real replica of a museum artifact hanging on your christmas tree? The reality of replicating artifacts using this technology to studies was already in use for researchers, students and other interested parts. Now the Idaho Virtualization Laboratory (IVL) has possibiliting create holidays ornaments of their pieces. On the website: http://www.shapeways.com/shops/IVL, anyone can buy those pieces already printed for prices that range from $4 till $30, or just download the design for free and print it at home. One more incredible possibility of the 3D printing technology is allowing us create things that are hard to do using the usual techiniques.
Chinese Student Receives First 3D Printed Thoracic Vertebrae Implant & the Surgery is a Success
This article shows an important application of 3D printing technology: the medical field. The patient in this case is a 21 years old student who had damages in her two thoracic vertebrae requiring a surgery that reinforced and recasted them. It was a hard process to create a 3D model because our bones are developed in a unique way. The solution for this case was use a CT scan data to create a virtual model of the spine, and after that was created a perfected fitting 3D printed titaniumk implant. The technology could possibility a fast and easy (if compared with other methods) solution for this complex case, and helped to develop new knwoledege in the area.