Tuesday, 26 June 2012

One of the most significant technological advances of the last 10 years.

3D printers, rather than social networks, blogs or gaming apps seem to me to be one of the most significant technological advances of the last 10 years. The computer and communication revolution of the last fifty years or so has allowed us to manipulate abstract information within plastic and metal boxes but for most users it has not affected what they can create in the material world. 3D printers like the IModela 3D Modeling Machine change all of that.

The products site says that it

 "Easily and accurately create and embellish a wide range of projects by producing 3D shapes, reliefs, textures and patterns from modeling wax, foam, balsa wood and plastic materials. With a milling area of 3.39 inches wide by 2.17 inches in length and 1.02 inches in height, iModela is the perfect tool for small-scale creative projects. iModela Creator design software is included." 

 Its going to be of limited use until the CAD/CAM software is better and you can flash materials over to something more durable, but I think these types of devices have great potential for leading a whole new wave of creativity "outside the box".
 
See the manufacturers site

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