If You Print Something in 3D, Do You Still Call it “Printing”?

by on July 14, 2011

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In the above video, we see a demonstration of a printer that’s capable of producing 3 dimensional objects – complete with moving parts. As I watched it for the first time, I found it odd to call it “printing.”

While this is still a long way off from consumer application, it’s still amazing to think about future applications for a “printer” like this.

[Thanks for the tip George!]

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1 BobF July 15, 2011 at 12:59 am

Well, this technology has been around for a few years already – these guys use powders and binders; others use a tank of liquid that is impinged by directed laser beams to solidify the liquid in particular voxels (volumetric pixels).

And, yes, I would say this is as much “printing” as is inkjet or laser printers, in that all these devices are actually rendering final images or products through a raster process. It’s just that the 3D printers rasterize in the third dimension along with the other two.

2 ricardo b. prospero July 18, 2011 at 9:51 am

This is just awesome something like from the future world. I wonder what is coming up next?

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