Download and Print Your Product

Discussion in 'General Science & Technology' started by Bowser, Jan 16, 2000.

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  1. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    I was reading the february issue of Discover magazine and there was an interesting article in there which was titled: Behold, The 3-D Fax.

    In a nut shell, it covered a new technology being developed by Charles Hull, designer of the 3-D prototyper. This new device is based much on his first machine, building a 3-D object one layer at a time.

    If you are not familiar with his 3-D prototyper, it can produce a 3-D model from a computer model (CAD Design). By exposing a light sensitive polymer to a beam of ultraviolate light, the polymer will be hardened. The beam of UV light traces the object in a tub of polymer, layer by layer. This method of producing prototypes has been used for several years.

    The idea now is to build a machine for the consumer, much like a printer, which will allow you to download and reproduce an item. Also, it will allow you to customize your item.



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    Huuumm eating polymers doesn't sound too tasty. Sounds like a neat idea though.
     
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  5. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    Yeah, it wouldn't be the most ideal lunch, but there are many other possibilities.

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