Download Physical Objects? Really?
This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 25, 2012.
The 3D downloads are not many; only around a dozen to be precise. But it's a start. Current downloads include a 3D model of a 1970 Chevelle Hot Rod, a 'tabletop wargaming robot model' and a whistle. A blog post at the Pirate Bay says, "We believe that the next step in copying will be made from digital form into physical form. We believe that in the nearby future you will print your spare sparts for your vehicles. You will download your sneakers within 20 years."
The Pirate Bay also considered to name itself the Product bay, but it let go of the idea because they were short of a graphic artist who could design the logo.
3D printing is not that popular, but recently there has been a considerable increase in the usage of 3D printing. It has, of late, been in the hands of tech hobbyists and startups only, but HP is slowly starting on this journey too.
What are 3D printers?
3D printers are used to create physical objects, that are printed out of a 3D file. The objects can be made of plastic, ceramic, glass or even eatables like cheese. All the materials used for an object's creation are laid down in layers to create the object. HP has introduced one, in partnership with Stratasys and this 3D printer is called DesignJet 3D printers. These are both in monochrome and color variety. The cost is around $17,500. A more affordable variety is called MakerBot Replicator which is priced around $1,749. This printer can make rings, bath plugs, shower curtains and more.