Atlanta Georgia recently hosted Rapid 2012, the biggest 3D printing conference inside of the North American continent. 3D printing has come prolonged way since 1979, what goes on personally believe it is beginning to expand at an exponential rate. These conventions haven't been around for very long, and it starts to speak for the increase in popularity for 3D printing.
When 3D printing first came out, it was very expensive, inefficient, and bulky. Machines employed for this additive manufacturing process were the size of small rooms, and they produced parts that held very low detail at small shape. These pieces weren't anywhere close to what we have today. I like to compare the premature forms of 3D printing to the premature forms of the modern computer. All machines were huge, inefficient, and expensive, yet they couldn't do much of anything! It is a lot more than likely in order to have a mini-computer in your pocket right now while read this article. Do you catch my drift?
Manufacturers such as Objet, Makerbot, 3D Systems, and Stratasys are working generate a 'personal' 3D printing machine for almost anyone to afford. Think of Dell or HP launching the first home desktop; ended up being small enough to suit on a table, but it weighed 25 pounds together a poor interface in comparison as to what exists today. Amazingly exciting . that is where we are at it current time period when it boils down to 3D publishing. Just like the desktop computers could print documents, hold records, and do basic to intermediate functions, home 3D printers is capable of doing the same stuff!
The Cube by 3D systems can build 5.5' x 5.5' x step 5.5' models out of a variety of colored ABS plastics with less than 30 micron detail at around $1,200! The Makerbot series has had the Thing-o-matic model out for quite a while, but levels of competition are removing its 'say' in the specialized niche. Stratasys has launched the Mojo printer which creates slightly smaller, but slightly higher detailed prints than The Cube, at a superior price. Product developers have even been launching home DIY kits for Stereolithography (SLA) printers on the web for when compared with $2,400. We truly in the 'test stage' for home printers. Small businesses and homes are able to to take extremely high detail FDM printers into their homes and offices; just imagine how well helps progress!
We are extended in a world where the Uprintplus is the only desktop printer around running at over $20,000 nor so are we in a world where the only affordable printer is often a Makerbot that makes poor models. Variety is in existence today; the choice of detail, material, color, finishes, and costs are now up for discussion. The biggest improvement on 3D printing in my opinion is the contest! When 3D systems launched The Cube which creates higher detail models with more variety at a price cut than Makerbot's models, we started! Now there are quite a few models to select from when considering a family house printer. Just imagine how much further we will be within the next 5 years. Maybe the next several years. The next 2 countless? Competition is beginning to drive this market to create better products at better prices.