Cheap 3D printing lets you make your own spare parts
The future is here and it has a name: the Thing-O-Matic. The truth is, of course, once you get over how cool it is to be able to print real-world objects in three dimensions using little more than a PC, some inexpensive raw plastic and what looks like a dialysis machine made from Tinkertoy, you quickly realize you have no real need to ever print real-world objects in three dimensions. But the fact that MakerBot Industries has taken a process that used to require a machine worth $10,000 or more and put it within reach of mere mortals for the paltry sum of $1,225 USD, is nonetheless remarkable and could have a profound effect on the next generation of engineers who – no longer limited by parts they buy from retailers – can pretty much build anything they can dream up inside a CAD program. So long as they can limit their dreams to 996mm x 108mm x 115 mm – that being the width, length and height maximums of the Thing-o-Matic’s build area. I say let the printing begin, and if anyone can fashion me a new rotor for my Air Hogs Sky Patrol, I would be grateful.
I’ll make you a deal.
Design your replacement part and I’ll print it for you on my MakerBot, gratis.
If this 3d printer used corn based ink (plastic)
It could make food
What a wonderful printer.
I want one.
The future is now.
Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.
The beginnings of science fiction “Star Trek” replicators.
In 50 years we will all have one, along with a 3d scanner. The possibilities are endless.
May you live in interesting times……..