Tuesday, January 10, 2012

At Long Last! 3D Printing for the Rest of Us!

If you look to the right on this page you will see that this blog began many years ago as it became evident that 3D creation and 3D printing were destined to be invited into the homes of consumers. While it didn't happen as quickly as I had hoped, I am extremely excited to be able to say that the longed for days are finally here with the introduction of Cubify.com and the Cube desktop 3D printer by 3D Systems.

Cubify.com and the Cube were rolled out at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week. If you'd like to see the Cube in action here is a link to the first C/Net CES report by Brian Tong.

But, of course, we also need to acknowledge the creative work of those pioneers in the RepRap community upon which this achievement was built.

RepRap from Adrian Bowyer on Vimeo.
What is different about the Cube 3D Printer is that it is not a kit and its design and packaging are consumer friendly.
Is it where home 3D printing is still destined to go? No. The surfaces it produces are not going to be perfectly smooth. But, it's going to be more than good enough to encourage our creative juices to flow freely in a way few inventions have done before. And, believe it or not, I am convinced that it is going to encourage our children and grandchildren to see opportunitees in the world around them in a whole new way!
In the coming days, weeks and months our knowledge and experience with the Cube will grow. But, for now, I'm just going to congratulate 3D Systems and say "Thank you!"

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