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FORM 1: An affordable, professional 3D printer

Form 1 desktop 3D printer

Form 1 desktop 3D printer

3D printing is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen at SIGGRAPH, and one of the reasons that attending a couple of times has been one of the favorite things I’ve been able to do. The personal 3D printer is something that a lot of people have been working on, Shapeways made it a mail-order service. RepRap and the Fab@Home projects made advances and other do it yourselfers have been able to come up with things that produce passable results. (One of my favorites was a large Cartesian arm with a blow-drier, which could pass over layers of ordinary, granulated sugar to produce a spiral torus as large as a punch-bowl.)

Here’s the latest, and a very slick project aimed at getting high-resolution 3D prints at home. I’m not sure what they mean by affordable though, since it seems that the media is always one of the largest expenses, and this requires a soak in some kind of hardening fixer. Still, it makes me happy to see progress in this area. One day I may be able to print out a solid model of each sculpt I do in ZBrush, so that I can line them up in a row, or give them out to folks.

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