While pressure-sensitive tablets are one step up from the mouse, there are much more sophisticated devices, in use for the past decade or so, that leave those things in the dust. Haptic arms with force-feedback functionality make the experience of sculpting digitally almost the same as using real tools on real materials. Using one of the 3D Systems "Touch" devices and Claytools software, one can feel the resistance when applying a tool to the surface of a digital model, and change the form in real time, making more subtle changes than are possible with less capable tools. I've been using (and reselling) these systems for some time now, and can testify that they make a real difference in a user's experience of 3D modeling. If you haven't tried it, you're missing out.
Thats really very great tactile pad technology with 3d printing is an awsome combinition and it is a proof that as a specific technology becomes mature many other technologies also combine in it to reform /redefine or improve it .
This is an interesting new technology. There is a relatively new IEEE transactions on Haptics. While it will advance various fields, I do find it amusing that there is such an emphasis on 3D printing in the home. I already have too much tchotchke in my home, including some 3D printed stuff. So, why would I want to make more on a whim?
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
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