3D printing has transformed from an interesting futuristic concept into a reality, here and now, today. In technology, things can change and gain steam very quickly.
As contributors to the printing industry for the past 30 years, our company has been astonished by the capabilities and advancements this new printing technology has made in such a short amount of time.
The future of the printing industry is even brighter with 3D printers continuing to evolve and maybe even becoming a mainstay in the average American home!
2014: Year of the 3D Printer
The World’s 1st 3D-Printed Car
Built by Local Motors, a 3D printed car called the Strati claims that it can “change the world.” These cars are manufactured cheaper and significantly faster than the average car is today.
Want to own the car yourself? No, I’m not kidding. You can sign up to reserve a chance at getting your hands on one of these cars which will be available in 2015.
This idea of a 3D printed car is more than just one idea: we saw another exhibitor at this year’s SEMA Show print a car during the week-long convention!
Adobe Embraces 3D Printing: Offers Support in CC
Abode announced they will have support in Photoshop’s Creative Cloud for 3D printers. The three-dimensional extension should allow Photoshop users to create, edit, and even preview their design before printing them via a local connection with a 3D printer.
For more information, read the story on design boom.
What if you could print a sculpture that represented some of your greatest childhood memories? Sure, you have plenty of photographs, but what if you couldn’t see them?
That’s the thought pirate3D had when they created the social experiment, Touchable Memories, a project aimed at increasing the awareness of technology and how it can improve lives.
Using one of their 3D printers, the company was able to re-create images into small 3D sculptures in order to help the visually impaired re-experience their favorite memories. Holding the sculpture allowed them to re-live their favorite memories.
The video is quite powerful.
Printing Out of Thin Air
Successfully funded on Kickstarter, LIX claims to have invented the smallest and most powerful 3D printing pen on the planet. Giving you the ability to draw in mid-air, these pens are incredibly powerful and revolutionary for the printing and manufacturing industry. What would you create with this pen?
3D Printing and DNA: What!?
An artist, with the help of a team of scientists, were able to “3D print” a replica of Vincent van Gogh’s ear using genetic information. Honestly, the concept totally blows my mind too, but the fact the printing industry is involved with the creation of living replicas of somebody’s ear is fascinating.
3D Printing Has Become a Trend in Chattanooga, TN
Our company doesn’t have 3D printing capabilities - although who knows how our print shop will evolve in the next five, 10, or 15 years - but these stories are still relevant to us.
We feel compelled to follow the 3D printing industry closely because it’s still printing and manufacturing, but also it’s a growing passion right here in Chattanooga, right around the corner from our business!
A short drive from Hixson is downtown Chattanooga, where 3D printing has taken off in the past 12-18 months. In a decade, we may look back at the southeast Tennessee region as a birthplace of businesses with an expertise in 3D printing!
Those reasons are why we’ve chosen to cover these top news items from the past year and create a Pinterest board dedicated to these new printers.
I hope you learned something about 3D printing today and will keep them in mind as the years go on and the industry continues to evolve and improve.
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