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Just what is 3D Printing?
3D printers are amazing. People are using 3D printers to innovate in just about every field imaginable. The technology could one day be used to save your life with an artificially created kidney, or it could just be a way to provide your child with the care they need.
Those are just some examples of what 3D printing can do, but how exactly is the market for 3D printing going to evolve over the years?
An infographic from the fine folks at HighTableshows that the 3D printing industry is worth $1.3 billion at this very moment. It's expected to grow to $5.2 billion by 2020. That's a 300 percent growth.
Check out the 3D Printing Infographic...
Custom shaped pasta
Google has a 3D printer in the kitchen for custom designed pasta. Everybody has their own favorite style of pasta and the chefs can create any variety they want using the 3D printer. The use of 3D printers in food preparation has been well documented over the years, this is first time it's being used to shape pasta.
Check out the Bernard Faucher talking about Google's 3D Printer...
Funding 3D printed meat
PayPal founder Peter Thiel thinks that 3D printed hamburgers are pretty neat, and he bets that you will too. That's why he recently donated anywhere between £160,000 to £220,000 to Modern Meadow, a Missouri-based company that wants to make meat with 3D printers.
So how exactly does this 3D meat printing work? Modern Meadow says that they can layer mixtures of cells via 3D printers and come out with a specific structure. In this case, the structure would be a hamburger, steak, or any other kind of meat. Their current goal is to print an edible piece of meat that's less than a half a millimeter thick.
Check out the vegetarian 3D printed meat...
Kickstarter project of the hour: TangiBot
The TangiBot is a Makerbot Replicator clone. It claims to offer the same performance and features of the Makerbot Replicator but it costs roughly 2/3 what Makerbot charges for it.
TangiBot is 100% compatible with all Makerbot Replicator firmware upgrades, parts and accessories. The only difference between the TangiBot and the Makerbot Replicator is that the TangiBot is not made by Makerbot & is hundreds of dollars cheaper.
Continue reading about TangiBot on Kickstarter...
Resin-cast 3D model of fetis
The clinic, Hiro-o Ladies, is working with a 3D printing company called Fasotec to create what they call "Tensi no Katachi," or "Shape of an Angel." The printer renders the model in various shapes and sizes, all of which float in clear lucite. The service costs 100,000 yen, or about $1,300. A dual-resin extruder makes the baby part and the hardened amniotic part at the same time.
The 3D models are also available as cell phone charms - so you can get your baby hooked on technology before they even leave the womb.
Check out the 3D Printer of live fetus...
Kickstarter Success Story: B9Creator
B9Creator to be different from your typical 3D Printer. Anodized aluminum construction, stainless steel hardware, many thoughtful features that enhance normal operation... all these things set the B9Creator apart from the DIY 3D Printer herd. But when it comes to printing complex, detailed and fragile objects, this is where the B9Creator really shines bright!
B9Creator successfully funded on Kickstarter on June 12th. Their goal? $50K. They were funded with $513K with 388 backers.
Check out B9Creator on Kickstarter...