Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo
There was plenty of exciting innovation at the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo in New York City. New 3D printers were released by many companies, and people were able to watch them in action.
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Lyndsey Gilpin is a Staff Writer for TechRepublic. She covers sustainability, tech leadership, 3D printing, and social entrepreneurship. She's co-author of the upcoming book, Follow the Geeks.
What a useless pile of junk was being printed. Clearly 3D printing is a solution looking for a problem.
So, essentially, this was a large and likely costly event to demonstrate that 3D printers can produce the same kind of crappy, useless items that are currently manufactured in China, Singapore, etc., but more slowly and more expensively.
3D Printers allow new toys for the new modern kids on the block. This is interesting from an anthropological perspective of course. In the meantime I'm looking forward with some more interest to industrial implementations and whether or not those techniques will also improve our societies, economy and quality of life in general (for all people), and how things will evolve in terms of ecology.
Image #9, "..some sort of sculpture." Is, in fact, a surface rendering of the heart. Those squiggly things on the surface are the coronary arteries and veins. The cabinet with the skull and upper femur are used for surgical planning and are derived from 3-D datasets from CT scans.
Nice for trade show trinkets....just don't give to kids when you get home.
Most of the interesting stuff is taking place with metals, nano-materials and bio-techs...and I see none of this here....
Mmmm - really uninspiring, if your pics are any guide. Shoes that have all the appeal of - uh, Crocks; ghastly sado-maso-sexual statuette; plastic looking skull and bone (but we still have the real thing!)
Maybe making model kits for kids seems 3D's immediate market - kids can now draw their own models if they've still got the imagination after today's schooling); plastic gnomes for the few who have gardens. In a world already choked with plastic garbage, is this the 2nd coming?
3D Printing is yet another fashion word. It's a simple mechanical device that's not 'printing' anything. Essentially It's a CAD extrusion machine, the basic software for which has now become much more sophisticated.
But a new word does not denote a new idea.
Next up will be the environmental concerns over the increased use of plastics, which are petroleum-based (increased demand on oil production) as well as the disposal of 3D printed models. Can you just throw the waste into the regular plastic recycling bin at your local recycling center, or is it special in some way? I see a near future where a lot of home users jump on the 3D printer bandwagon and print a lot of useless junk that sits on a shelf collecting dust for a few months before going in the garbage.
so how fast CAN a 3D printer make a plastic object? and how fast can it make 'tons' of plastic objects?
Was it the entire skull that was created? or was it the eye socket and jawbone piece that were fashioned? I also think the word 'fake' for skull - is a no-brainer - and a less-than-academic term. If the whole skull was created by 3D printing, of course it would be not 'real'. The captions, agreed, are not good or worthy of someone who titles herself "Staff Writer".
Really? Did the 3D printer also print the leather on this shoe and stitch it? or just the plastic bottom.....
The skull, for example, is terribly unconvincing because there's no indentation between the teeth and the gum. The teeth should look like separate objects slotted into sockets, with a small gap visible around the top, and that this is not the case suggests that the printer used to generate the skull can't handle that level of undercut.
I would have liked to know a lot more about what kind of printers (not just the make, but how they worked) were used to generate these objects, and how good the fine detail was. What I really want to know is whether anybody has yet produced a desktop, affordable version of the kind of 3D printer which uses a laser to harden a gel, so that you don't get those geological-looking strata on the finished item, and you can have features which stick out at any angle you like, even if that means they have to start growing in "mid air" relative to the rest of the figure.
What is so "outrageous" about 3D Printing? This new trend is growing popular at a fast rate. The only things outrageous about it are all the folks who call it "outrageous" because they don't understand this new trend; but they'll be first in line to complain that some 3D-printed novelty item is 'pricey'. lol
What a hopeless waste of time the captions were, did the photographer not bother taking notes?????
Come on, this is so far off the mark that it make a mockery of TechRepublic.
@b.l.i. I remember like comments back in 1988 when I used an IBM with DOS, 5 inch Floppy's and a hugh 10 megs of hard drive to run a company, make payroll, track inventory and receivables... Searched the internet with programs called Gopher (U of Minnesota) and Minuet... And people would say... "personal computer, what ever would you use it for?"
@waytoobusyforthisnonsense Depends on the size, complexity and density of the object. Many of these sort of properties can be configured and tweaked using the software.
For instance, you could print a genuine solid object (no air inside). But it is material and time saving if you choose to have the internal structure be more grate like.
Let's say a 5 x 5 cm object could take 3 hours or it could take 14 hours depending on what you have configured/designed.
I think that most people reading this tech report cant see the real importance of what is in front of them
If you do a CAT scan of a persons heart and send it to a 3D printer - you can get a 3D printout of the whole heart with all the internal spaces /valves/ veins/arteries AND the faulty areas too as the scan saw them - This can be DISSECTED by Heart surgeons if necessary to decide on techniques to rectify any anomalies, AND, if you wanted to produce a New Spare heart - the Technology to do this is already ON THE HORIZON so this idea cannot just be thrown out with the bathwater as many commentees are doing !! This really IS the best discovery in DECADES in many many areas !!
@tvmuzik What's to 'understand' about this new trend. What's your 'understanding' of it, Einstein?