Hey, Star Trek Fans – – – 3-D Modeling Has Come of Age!

3-D printing

Remember the days of handcrafted models of products, parts, displays, and packaging. Well, they are still here, but not for long. I recently had a tour of a shop – and was introduced to a 3-D object printer – and to some of the objects that it was able to print. Three-dimensional printing is here – and it’s here to stay.

The process begins with a CAD drawing on a computer – that is then transferred digitally to a 3-D printing press. The 3-D printer then lays down layer after layer of material until the object is formed.

If you haven’t seen one of these machines – or are unaware of them – here are some links that you may want to check out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_printing,
http://www.popularmechanics.com/print-this/4320759?page=all, http://www.forbes.com/sites/ciocentral/2012/12/07/manufacturing-the-future-10-trends-to-come-in-3d-printing/,
http://objet.com/,
http://www.cubify.com/

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About Nate Marks

We live and work in a world of visual images.
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