@Gina: You're not late to the game, Gina, but a lot has happened even since this slideshow was posted. Makerbot just released the second version of its more commercialized product, the Replicator 2, there's the Stratasys MoJo for small office environments, and lots of entrepreneurial types bringing all kinds of innovative, open source personal 3D printers to market. Definitely a good time to consider jumping in.
Those of you fascinated by this technology (as I am) should consider attending the annual RAPID conference, usually in Chicago, but Atlanta next year, May 22-24. You'll be *blown away* by the advances you never thought possible. Pure Star Trek.
1) In response to Jack's comment, I can only quote a psychiatrist friend who often testified to a person's sanity in court "What's normal?"
2) Does any one at DN ever look at the page layout?
Click next, drag page up so you can see the picture & text, Click next, drag page up so you can see the picture & text, ...
Can the pages be laid out so that you don't have to continualy move the page to see it on a 19" screen, how about a 15" laptop wide aspect screen? That should be easy and normal for a high profile org like DN.
Good overview of how the big commercial companies (Zcorp, Stratasys, etc.) have opened their eyes to the lower end, price sensitive portion of the market. Companies like MakerBot Industries, Bits from Bytes, Fab At Home, etc. have been moving up a bit from the hobbyist realm. The two commercial paths will eventually meet; it will surely be interesting.
Although its not extremely new technology and has been around for quite some time it is very new to the mass market. Our company www.make-parts.com has have been around for about 5 years now and we are excited to see what the future holds. We see a time where a 3d printer could be as common in a house hold as your everyday inkjet printer. Only time will tell!
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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