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Seeing is Believing – The World of 3D Printers

August 31, 2016

Above the Ultimaker 2+, released in Jan 2016. This printer has the potential for us to print architectural detail prototypes at a fraction of the time and cost associated with traditional techniques.

Image courtesy of Ultimaker.

In January 2016, our friends at CES announced the launch of the Ultimaker 2+, one of their most advanced 3D Printers to date and a testament to the community-driven energy that went into designing it.   

We have performed extensive research over the past years on 3D printers, and this could be the one.With its interchangeable nozzles, updated filament feeder and optimized cooling, it feels like the best fit for our office. We also love the amazing Ultimaker community, a world-wide user group that is extremely generous with its own experiences and quick solutions to questions of all shapes and sizes.

As an office, we have discovered that 3D printing is not just about the final object it produces.  Instead, it is the abundance of ideas that it fosters and generates in between.  We recently heard from a group of middle school students who had enrolled in a local workshop for 3D printing at their local library. Upon further investigation, we learned that the program was set-up to promote 3D modeling, and the printers just a lure to allow designers to test their ideas and develop the necessary skills to communicate design ideas.  The same principals we push everyday in our office – “looks great, now build it.”

Designed and modeled by Stelios Mousarris – “The Wave City Table” – a series of 3D printed fictional buildings printed with a wood filament and glued onto the steel/wood base.

Image courtesy of 3Ders.org

The Adidas Futurecraft 3D is a running shoe made with 3D printed midsole which can be tailored to your foot.

Image courtesy of Materialise

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