Nowadays 3D Printers are getting very common everyone knows them and those who dont know are trying to get informations about it .Starting with the technology of this printer a material printer can easily be converted into 3D Printer with digital technology.To make a print out what we have to do is just create a design on your computer by CAD software and then connect the computer with th printer it will produce the output by continous submitting a particular material layer by layer and then heating it .No matter these printers are becomming popular but then also they are of commercial usage other than consumer .Because first of all they are expenive secondly there are certain drawbacks as well out of which noise is the most harmfull one it is soo noisy that it wont be reasonable to place it in the residential area .They have certain limitations as well the most important one is this that it works on a single material that is the output product is made of single material unlike our consumer products that are the combinations of several products .But because this is a new technology there is a space of improving it as well. Below mentioned are certaine 3D printed material that i have come across however there are many other as well.
1.Janjapp Ruijssenaars has announced his plan for a 3D House
2.3D Technology was used in the movie SKYFALL for creating the replica of Aston Martin
5.Lightening and their creating the interiors of many luxury hotels
What a great slideshow roundup of all of the sometimes wacky and wonderful things being 3D printed these days. Personally, I really like the idea of 3D printed clothes...and that dress Dita is wearing is quite stunning, actually. I love clothes but shopping can be a chore. Imagine just downloading files and printing your clothes at home someday. (At least, this is how I would like this technology to evolve!) Brilliant.
As someone who's taller than average and picky about clothes, I'd love to be able to 3D print my own. But that won't happen unless the materials emulate the look and feel of wool, cotton, rayon and silk, so I'm not holding my breath.
Yes, Ann, good point. It will probably take awhile before materials advance to the point where they would be comfortable. Still, it's a nice idea to think about...and I imagine someday the technology will catch up!
Lauren I believe that this 3D printing will greatly reduce the cost by reducing sock maintaining, transportation no labor involvement of production
Imagine a shoo shop where they are having only the sample or some IPods where will show all the possible designs and colours. Customer walk in to the shop and do the modification he likes to have and print a shoo jest for him.
I'll be going to a "Battle of the 3D Printers" on the way in this Thursday. It is being billed as a 'fight to the finish'...
They will be running a Polyjet Printer against an FDM Printer. The finished parts will be judged for; finish, precision, time to print... and other important factors.
The battle will be taking place at a Dave and Busters just north of Philly, about 10 miles from where I work.
A lot of people I know are still denying that 3D printing is going to be a major part of the manufacturing industries future... I disagree. At some point the process will expand in directions that will revolutionize the shop floor.
On a personal side note, I have 25,000 words of a sci-fi book written. In one scene a reporter covering the maiden voyage of a 5k spherical space-ship needs a swimsuit to use in the low G lake... As she enters the beach-side shop on the sphere a scan of her is taken, and as she describes what she wants a hologram appears of her wearing a suit. After a few tweaks for color and style it is printed, and waiting for her a few seconds later in the changing room.
Speaking of chores Elizabeth.... Her companion tells the computer to 'print' his blue suit... indicating that they are recycled rather than washed after each use. NO MORE WASHING!
I better hurry and finish this book before this is old tech... instead of futuristic Ooooo ahhhh tech.
I don't think that the people that monitor these comments are going to appreciate it, if I get any more graphic in order to explain the comedic tension that exists between showing a woman's empty brassiere and the headline "The Best Things to Come Out of a 3D Printer," so I'm going to leave it here.
:-) the mind boggles. Personally I'm sceptical of the comfort of printed clothing having used 3D printing for many things. I reckon nothing gets past cotton or silk. Actually one could say that rayon fabric is 3D printed, although not in the usual fashion. Even it isn't comfortable and that's a true fabric.
That's an impressive slideshow, Lauren. A jet engine, a hybrid car, dresses. Wow. My favorites were the speaker with lights and the hybrid car. Of course, the printed chocolate seemed like a great idea, too.
The rise of 3D printing, for low quantity items, makes all kinds of sense to me. But I wonder for a smartphone case if they will really be able to compete on price with manufacturers who are obviously offering a smaller selection of product but have the advantage of mass quantities.
It's true Charles that Haute Couture is never comfortable. Like everything on the runway, it's not for the real world. 3D printed jewelry is pleasant though. That's been available at the MOMA store for years.
The ear actually seems like an ideal application for 3D printing, Rich. If it doesn't fit just right, if the material seems too soft or hard, it's easy enough to keep printing new ones until it's perfect.
Most of the items shown are gimmicks, in the sense that they were created solely to demonstrate the ability to make them by 3-D printing. For example, the stool could be far stronger and cheaper if made from wood. The plastic shoes and phone stand also look as though they could be made better and cheaper by conventional plastic molding. I have to admit that the gown, whether practical or not, is certainly besutiful on the model. Not so the cape.
The item that best exploits the one-of-a-kind capability of 3-D printing is the custom prosthetic jaw.
I can see an interesting area of the "more robotic" 3D printing, a bit more like the chocolate machine. Consider making stuff out of ceramics by laying down a string of that "slip" material. Another possibility would be building structures from long-strand fiberglass with a resin coating applied as it is extruded. Also, how about extruding a larger diameter string of glass fiber stiffened concrete to make outdoor furniture.
The very thin layers are fine for those items needing very fine details, but there is a whole huge realm of things built up with much coarser details. Of course, at some point it becomes much more a robotic process instead of the very thin process that we are familiar with. As we open up to somewhat different approaches the realm of things that can be produced grows very large. Of course, the robotic printing process will need a whole new level of robot direction software for it to be able to work from a cad file of some sort, but in that area the software will be the only obstacle, since industrial robots are a quite mature technology, as far as the hardware goes.
So if somebody takes one of these ideas and gets rich with it, just remember where the suggestion came from, keep the money and give me the credit.
This next link show a method of "direct manufacturing" for making large parts (like aircraft wing structures) within a large workspace, perhaps 25' x 5' x 5', or larger. Something like a MIG welder lays down a continuous bead to created a "near-net-shape" part... The a secondary conventional machining process is use to get to the part to the final dimensions. Check out the video. It is very interesting.
I was going to include the welder-type of buildup process, but it is sort of obvious, I think. Besides, making parts that way is really not very efficient. At least not yet. But the robotic extrusion method ceratainly does have a bright future. But they are far different processes from the original 3D printing concept.
Of course, the paper-cutout lamination process is also different, I can see some interesting developments in that area. Shades of the replicators in that TV show. But possibly possible presently.
It does seem that now the limitations are software and immagination.
I assume that the efficiencies of the near-net-shape welding process are most evident on large parts (like may be used on aircraft) that would otherwise require the purchase of a very large volume, expensive billet of Titanium (for instance) and then 80+% of the material would have to be removed with conventional milling process. By using the near-net-shape process, the expensive billet would not have to be purchased and I imagine that the total machine time would be reduced considerably.
Concerning the paper cut-out lamination process.... I believe the commonly used term for this process is LOM (Laminated Object Manufacturing). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laminated_object_manufacturing . Someone told me that this may be the oldest of the rapid prototyping methods. I'm not sure if that is true, but it seems reasonable to me. I used LOM for a client's project about 14-15 years ago. The client needed a production manufactured, custom designed, ceramic water bowl for a new line of indoor, table-top water fountains. I created the bowl (approximate dimensions 15" x 11" x 5") with the LOM process, then sanded, sealed and varnished it just like a piece of wood. We used the LOM prototype as the master for making the ceramic bowls. It worked great. I chose LOM because we needed a prototype that was very dimensionally stable with such large overall dimensions. I would use it again if there was an appropriate project.
My question is why is there no mention of the 3D printed eyewear created by Protos Eyewear in this list. They had crazy traction at CES and well is much more difficult to create then some of the other products showcased here.
Back in the very early 1990's I saw a plastic part produced using the photo-hardening process with some clear plastic liquid. This machine was being touted by the Detroit Center Tool company, DCT, which eventually failed due to managenet integrity problems. But I remember that the part was quite fragile but very intricate.
Excellent post Lauren. This technology is not a fad and the companies providing equipment; i.e. printers, materials, finishing products, etc will be around for a long time. The slide show that Lauren has provided represents the "tip of the iceberg" relative to items that can be manufactured. As I have mentioned before, I feel future advancement will be determined by materials available for "additative manufacturing", improving speed in printing and the size of equipment that can handle large components. It's a technology that will be with us from here on out.
Speaking of lies that wont die, Lauren, why are you spreading lies about 3-D printing of guns?
Clearly you have neither engineering or firearms experience.
NO ONE will print a fully functioning real firearm with any process.
NO ONE can print a working barrel to withstand tens of thousands of PSI.
Who has a 3=D printer that can:
1. Print 4xxx or 5xxx steel?
2.) print it into a HOMOGENEOUS mass? (that ones laughable)
3.) print it with the rifling, precision straightening, crown and chambering?
Again, OUTRIGHT LIES
This hysterical nonsense has grown from media hype to a full blown conspiracy theory wiht the aid of irresponsible Blogging like yours.
Its also deliberately misleading to claim these are "3-D processes" They are 2-D. Same as the so called 3-D CAD systems, there is no such thing, they are 2-D rendered images with tricks like shading to render a quasi 3-D looking image.
@Daveca, aside from your assertions, which I believe are all correct, there exists the very real fact that printing a firearm is not economical. IN this area one can purchase on the street far better firepower for less than the cost of almost any 3D printer. So while it is probably possible to produce some of the gun parts on one, it is far cheaper to buy the real thing and not have to do any assembly or engineering.
On the other hand it would be quite interesting to see if somebody could design and print a "mini-cannon" version of a paintball gun. That should be quite do-able, although making barrels even smooth enough for paintballs would not be economical.
This field of abstract patterns is really amazing field to work in. With different patterns and different mathematic techniques one can certainly form different artistic 3d designs. This might give artists a whole new field to work on.
I would have to disagree as there are many items being produced on 3D printers for the fashion industry. Just this past week there was a big fashion show in NY that was based on 3D printed items. There is also a huge interest in the Arts sector. 3D printing is still in the early stages and has many posibilitise all we need is to keep an open mind and keep advancing new materials and higher resilution printers..
I am impressed by the various fashion things produced by the process, but I don't imagine that the clothes are very comfortable. Producing fabric is still beyond the realm of the 3D printing systems, it seems. BUt it is probably only a matter of time until we see a "replicator" like the ones on Star Trek. That will be a real game changer again, no doubt.
Many decades ago someone wrote a computer program that generated poetry by stringing together words from a dictionary according to a number of syntax rules.
I'd like to see someone write a program for computer generated abstract sculpture and pass it off to a couple of modern art museums (NY_MOMA?) just to see how many self-inflated art critics get it wrong.
The posting of the furniture-producing robotic printing system shows an interesting departure from the way things are usually done. Given the present capabilities of robots it seems reasonable that they could also dispense all kinds of building materials, including cements and extrudable plastics, and posibly even melted glass. So I expect to see robots producing a huge variety of things in the near future.
Also, how about a "Lego" dispensing/assembling robot? We have already seen all knds of fantastic structures built with these toys, now just consider what a robot with an automatic feeder attachement could produce. The action video would be quite something to see.
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