Printing out real 3D objects…

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Printing out real 3D objects…

3DPrint out a working plastic gun, or a self contained puzzle…Sascha from wmmna writes “The design products-department at the Royal College in London teamed up with a company called 3D Systems to get their hands on some state-of-the-art rapid-prototyping equipment. The brief was to create projects that are not prototypes but products that couldn’t have been made with any other technique. The results were quite stunning and point towards a future of manufacturing that seems to be swiftly approaching…” Link.

6 thoughts on “Printing out real 3D objects…

  1. sheldonschwartz says:

    Imagine kicking out some sweet prototypes from Second Life or something!

  2. PeteCashmore says:

    sheldonschwartz,

    Some people are way ahead of you on that one:

    http://longtail.typepad.com/the_long_tail/2005/05/my_own_personal.html

  3. Unomi says:

    I’ve seen a documentary once about this technique. It was amazing to see how a MRI-scan (yes, from the brains within a living human), was turned into a 3D model from the coordinates into polygones.

    After that, they exported the whole shebang on such a 3D printer, voila, your own brain prototyped into a fysical object. You could touch it, cut it in pieces or whatever bizare things you could imagine.

    This technique is way important for the medical industry to have a solution to do autopsy on victims without cutting the body for inspection. So the body can stay intact and some evidence is still there without the chance to destroy it by opening the body up.

    – Unomi –

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