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Investigation: 3D Printer

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When we last heard from Doctor Geek and friends, they had just used the MacGuffin to put right what once went wrong.  It turns out using such a powerful time and space altering device comes with a price.  Let’s hope the team has enough in the budget to cover the check they just wrote.

 

Confused? Don’t worry; over the next set of mini episodes it should all make sense, well mostly you will see.  Oh and if you are looking for more information about HP’s Sprout, check out the review we posted earlier.

 

 

By harnessing the power of light and oxygen, Carbon3D has created a new 3D printing process that is between 25-100 times faster than traditional 3D printing.  Unlike traditional 3D printers which print the object layer by layer, Carbon3d’s Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) allows for the printing of a true 3D object.

 

Just like Michelangelo, who is famous for saying, “The best artist has that thought alone which is contained within the marble shell; the sculptor's hand can only break the spell to free the figures slumbering in the stone.” The CLIP technology works by harnessing the power of light and oxygen to cure a photosensitive resin.  In other words, a projector beams the image to be printed into the pool of photosensitive resin.  Then, oxygen is introduced in the unneeded areas.  The oxygen creates dead zones which prevent the resin from curing in the unneeded areas and like Michelangelo; the build platform frees the printed object fully formed from the liquid. 

 

As Dr. Joseph DeSimone, CEO and Co-Founder, Carbon3D said, “Current 3D printing technology has failed to deliver on its promise to revolutionize manufacturing.  Our CLIP technology offers the game-changing speed, consistent mechanical properties and choice of materials required for complex commercial quality parts.” 

 

 

There has been a lot of development with regards to 3D Printers.  This year alone we have seen the technology used to build anything from buildings to bionic arms.  While some printers can create something as unique as a pizza, most printers create objects out of plastic.

 

It is amazing what you can do with plastic.  But, what if you want to print a pair of pants or need to replicate your child’s favorite stuffed animal?  The answer may have just come from the Walt Disney Company and their fabric 3D printer.  The little fabric rabbit created by the printer is a bit primitive, but I am sure as the technology is refined, you will be able to print your own unique version of your favorite character.