3D Printing has been a pretty hot topic in the technology sector since the introduction of domestically priced products. 3D printers, once expensive and locked away in industrial sectors, are finding their ways into people’s homes and hands. This is thanks initiatives taken by companies like Makerbot and the Form 1, which was Kickstarted successfully a year ago. Both Makerbot and Form 1 have started landing in people’s workshops and the possibilities are very close to endless. Below is a picture of a custom chess set I 3D printed using the Makerbot over the summer.
I’m not much of a modeler though. The way the Makerbot 3D printer works is by reading in STLs or Maya models in its Replicator software and then sending the 3D information of the model to the 3D printer. With the chess set above, I was able to find the STLs for free online and printed them. Normally though you would need to have some modeling experience to really get the bang for your buck from a 3D printer.
Not any more.
Makerbot revealed their first 3D desktop scanner, the Digitizer, at the end of August and it is…well…pure magic. Now you can truly replicate anything with a 3D Replicator/Digitizer combination! At least anything that fits in the printer/scanner. But there’s no need to be able to model the object you want to replicate.
The possibilities are now truly limitless I feel with this innovation in technology. One application I can think of, just looking around my room, is replicating dice. As a gamer, I can always use more dice but dice is expensive! Well no more with the Makerbot Scanner!
For more info about Makerbot, their site has its own blog that is regularly updated with cool projects involving 3D printing!
Here’s one of their latest posts where a sculptor creates a head in clay, scans it and prints it for a comparison!
The Makerbot Replicator/Digitizer is at the top of my list for awesome gadgets and they both have a hefty price tag! But here’s to a future where they fall into my hands like so many other technologies!
Thanks for reading! Seeya next time!