3D Printing – Self-replicating 3D Printing Technology and More
The 3D printing phenomenon has existed long enough. Numerous industries have already been employing the technology since the 1980s that it isn’t even a new thing anymore, especially in the corporate world. However, this innovation in the field of mechanical engineering has not reached its full potential just yet, and greater developments are gradually occurring making an even more lovable invention for high-end companies, and domestic users and hobbyists alike.
One significant development in the field of three dimensional printing is RepRap, or Replicating Rapid Prototyper. RepRap is all about self-replicating machines, not only 3D printers. The RepRap 3D printer though, given sufficient time and the right materials, can produce its parts (a percentage of the machine is made of plastic) and replicate itself. This technology allows you to reproduce the machine, therefore abandoning the need to buy a new one. You may share it with your friends or even market the new ones that you will be able to make. This ensures that the technology will live on as its reproduction seems like an endless cycle. Of course, with the development of 3D printing, this method did not at seem so far-fetched at all.
What’s even better about this machine is that it is among the most low-cost 3D printers, making it accessible to almost anyone. RepRap 3D printers are actually the most widely used machines despite other competing manufacturers.
Another attractive feature of this technology is the development of 3D scanners. If you are not into design softwares or if you simply want to make replicas of artefacts, figurines, or other materials, then 3D scanners will definitely come in handy. MakerBot’s “Digitizer” is a newly developed scanning system that involves placing your model on a turntable and scanning it for three minutes until a digital model of it is created. Today, even life size objects can be scanned and replicated. In U.K., a real live horse was scanned at slightly smaller statue of the said horse is now standing outside the headquarters of the British Council.
MakerBot also offers the public the “MakerBot Replicator 2” which allows the user pause the printing midway so you can change the color of materials used. Other machines come with multiple nozzles which enable them to print at different colors with having to pause at the process. Although the prices of 3D printers have largely dropped in the recent years, there are still printers that are relatively more expensive than the others. MakerBot Replicator 2 is among the cheaper products which offer you multiple-colored productions.
Various other developments flood the field every time. If you are a 3D printing technology enthusiasts or if you employ this innovation to your business, it would to keep an eye out for these developments to take advantage and make to the most out of your 3D printing experience.