3-D printers

A 3-D printer making a duckThis rocks! I’ve always assumed that creating a 3-D object by “printing” it was in the realm of science fiction, but apparently boffins have been at it for years in the industrial arena. And now a company called Desktop Factory is starting to market an almost-affordable (USD $4,995) desktop version. Coming to a Mac or PC near you in the not-so-distant future! Here you can see it creating a little plastic duckie out of thin air.

I can see this being really useful for replacing spare parts that have been lost or broken. For example, one of the plastic latches on Isaac’s cot is somewhat the worse for wear. I’d love to be able to design and “print” a new one…

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