Desktop Fabrication, The Next Revolution ???
The New MakerBot Replicator Might Just Change Your World
Three-dimensional printers can produce intricate mathematical shapes and whimsical one-off designs. Shapeways, which lets users upload designs to be printed in metal, ceramic, or glass on super-high-end machines, offers a range of such products for sale.
MakerBot's home printers can't quite produce these ... yet.
Above: Clothoid.A, a lamp shade by Igor Knezevic of Alienology. Printed in nylon plastic by Shapeways ($360).
And Guess What, Now they're learning
to Get This: Bend Wire --- Whoa!
Bending Wires Is the Next Big Thing in Desktop Fabrication
Despite their mainstream adoption and the promises of how they’ll transform manufacturing, there’s one thing that these new machines still suck at.
“3-D printers and CNC [lathes] are well suited for volumes, while laser cutters are all suited for planes,” says Marco Perry, Partner and Engineering Director at design consultancy Pensa. “However, when you only want to print lines, they are inefficient, slow, weak and expensive.”
Pensa demonstrated their solution to this problem in last weekend’s World Maker Faire 3-D printer pavilion. And unlike the majority of the devices on display, their machine doesn’t involve plastic at all. It’s a 3-D wire bender, aptly named the D.I.Wire Bender, and its functionality opens new doors of fabrication for many desktop designers.