3D Printing

Dick & Barbara Royston attended a two hour 3D printing session July 28th. The presentation was made by CREATE 3D.

The session included printing some 3D pieces with a MakerBot 3D printer that used 2 different color ABS plastic spools. It was interesting but very slow – not ready for large productions runs.

Mark Guthrie. the presenter, said that some smaller metal objects were also currently being 3D printed. The operating temperature for ABS plastic was around 500 degrees Fahrenheit while the temperature for metal was higher.

Our overall impression is that it will be awhile before 3D printing is used for basic manufacturing. Making prototypes seems to be the best fit for current practical uses of 3D printing.

Interesting research is being currently done in producing human organs from living tissue.

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