Posted by: Airtower | 2011-12-29

Close look at a 3D printer

I didn’t go to 28C3, but right now I’m at the Dortmund Hackcenter with PING. Aside from watching the congress live-stream and VPN connection to the congress network they also have a Ultimaker 3D printer. This is the first time I’ve seen a 3D printer in action, so I thought I’d share a photo.

Lower half of a knot-like object in pink plastic, with the cone-shaped printer head above it adding more layers of plastic

The print head is assembling the object layer by layer from plastic, so the possible overhang is limited. You can also see there are some thin threads between the columns, these are created when the print head moves between the columns. Nonetheless 3D printing is a fascinating thing to watch. 🙂

Maybe I should learn how to create printable 3D models…

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