2012 Advancements In 3 D Printing

2012 Advancements In 3D Printing


Chris Waldo

3D printing has definitely been taking off lately! New launches have been followed up with newer launches, as this industry is beginning to develop! Now, the 3D printing industry has an estimated value of 1.7 billion dollars, but in 2015 there is going to a be a projected value of 3.7 billion dollars. This 3D printing technology is going nowhere but up! Let me elaborate.

If you re keeping up with the 3D printing news, you ll know that there are quite a few 3D printers coming into existence. The Mojo 3D printer by Stratasys is currently my favorite; this is a desktop printer, as in it is intended to be used casually in an office or home rather than on a manufacturing plant. This 3D printing machine has the capability to produce products at 5 inches x 5 inches x 5 inches in ABS ivory. This printer offers great detail, durability, and finish all at a crazy inexpensive price! You can get this printer from Stratasys for under $5,000, or for $185 a month!

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Objet is launching its newest 3D printer in 4 days, on the 22nd of May. Most of the details are being held in secret by Objet to build anticipation for marketing purposes, but we know that it is going to be Professional, Versatile, and Desktop . The advertisement that Objet launched implied that the 3D printing machine might also be a color printer! Who knows, we could see the world s first color desktop printer. Only time will tell!

I came across something rather interesting on fabbaloo.com today on top of those two printers; there is strong means for a do it yourself Stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer! This printer has been found on Kickstarter in which the expected budget was at $50,000. The fund is now almost three times that! Purchasing an SLA 3D printing machine has typically been very expensive and usually finds itself within five digits, but the world could be bracing for the first do it yourself SLA 3D printer! I ll say this again; only time will tell.

Another interesting aspect of 3D printing, would be Filabot, the first 3D printing recycling unit. Filabot began on Kickstarter with the intended goal of $10,000, but ended up getting around $32,000! This project is very simple, very effective, and it can save quite a few of the Makerbot users some money! The concept is pretty simple; Filabot will take your used or damaged 3D printed models, grind them down, melt them, and turn them into string for your home 3D printing machine! This means that we can finally start recycling used parts!

3D systems is also coming out with a home 3D printer, known as The Cube. This machine runs for $1,200 and offers some great features to it! It has Wifi capabilities to make loading models easier, and it comes complete with 25 free designs to use for 3D printing. It is similar to the Mojo 3D Printer, but cheaper, with a bigger build envelope, and a larger variety of colors. It is slightly less detailed than the Mojo printer (it has .25mm layer thickness compared to Mojo s .17mm layer thickness) Regardless, both printers are pretty sweet!

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