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Pushing the Limits of 3D Printing Technology
7/11/2011

The University of Exeter, Brunel University, and Delcam are collaborating on a 3D printer that uses chocolate as the materials medium.
The University of Exeter, Brunel University, and Delcam are collaborating on a 3D printer that uses chocolate as the materials medium.

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TJ McDermott
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The Diamond Age
TJ McDermott   7/12/2011 12:28:06 AM
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We're just a few machine generations away from the world described in Neal Stephenson's "The Diamond Age".  In it, things are created laying down one atom at time, in matter compilers.

I can't wait!

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Low cost means wide deployment
Beth Stackpole   7/11/2011 9:06:25 AM
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Clearly some of the odder chocolate and sand-based 3D printers are still in the experimental project stage and who knows what they'll cost when and if they're commercialized. But there are a growing number of 3D printers available for pretty cheap, that is starting around $1,500. We recently wrote about one such example, and my guess is we'll be seeing much more on this front moving forward.

 

 

Alexander Wolfe
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Low cost means wide deployment
Alexander Wolfe   7/11/2011 8:43:35 AM
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I'm curious as to what the price points are of this new wave of low-cost 3D printers, and, stemming directly from that, how widely we're likely to see them deployed.

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