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CES 2016: 3D Printing Continues to Evolve

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

One of the great things about attending CES annually is not just seeing wild conceptual products, but getting to see how many of those products get refined from year to year, growing from concepts to readily-available consumer goods. An industry where that’s been most visible is 3D Printing. This year, we didn’t see anything as mind-blowing as the debut of the first affordable consumer-level 3D-printer. Instead, we got a look at the iterative advancements being made in the industry: more choices for consumers, more materials being used commercially, and advancements in the process that make 3D printing a quicker, more reliable option.

Further countering the criticism that 3D printers are only good for creating fragile trinkets, industry-leader 3D Systems unveiled a flagship commercial printer, the ProX DMP 320. This high-precision metal printer allows for not only rapid prototyping, but the creation of finished metal parts that can be used in critical mechanical systems.

The ProX is capable of some pretty impressive metalwork:

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3D Printer Creates Winterfell from Game of Thrones!

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Winterfell from Game of Thrones is brought to life by 3D printer

Seriously, it seems like we can post about the awesome things 3D printers can do every day.  From our first story about the Epson 3D printer, to recreating epic dinosaurs, 3D printing is getting a LOT of press.

Recently, Daniel Ammann, the Executive Vice President of Research and Development at u-blox, a Swiss semiconductor company.  Ammann decided to create Winterfell from the incredible Game of Thrones books based on the model from the HBO series.  Ammann states, “It was the MakerBot article in Wired which brought me to the idea of buying a 3-D printer”.   “And then time over the Christmas break, together with watching the second season of Game of Thrones and the desire to learn a CAD tool sparked this project.”  A little technical ingenuity, love for a great TV show, and access to a 3D printer and voila!

3d printed winterfell from game of thrones

 Image courtesy of Wired.com

Pretty impressive indeed.  3D printing is starting to become more readily available to the general public and people are becoming more creative with the results.  What would you like to see created on a 3D printer?

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3D Printing Dinosaurs!!

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

We’ve spoken before about 3D printing such as the Epson 3D printer and how the creators of the film ParaNorman used a 3D printer to create models of characters and scenery.

Wired.com recently did a story on Paleoartist Tyler Keillor who has been designing and sculpting realistic clay dinosaur heads for museums and universities.  His next project — an exacting replica of a full Dryptosaurs built entirely as a 3-D digital object.  He created Kickstarter campaign to help buy the tools needed to craft his dinosaur digitally, offering various 12-inch dinosaur models he’s designed as rewards.

Image courtesy of Wired.com

The life-size Dryptosaurus that he’ll make with the additional Kickstarter money, though, will be around 30 feet long, pieced together from CNC routed blocks, the seams sealed and the body painted by Keillor. It will even have a custom made skin to show the dinosaur’s feathered skin.  The wonders of 3D printing are continuing to expand and become even more available to people of all artistic levels.  What would you love to see created with a 3D printer?

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