3D printing ‘grows’ a skateboard deck and a pair of scissors!

I’m not that old but I remember a time when, if my parents needed some photocopying done, they would give me the original document and I would walk half a mile to the nearest ‘service provider’ – a nice little shop on the high street where they operated the only large-scale professional printer and fax machines in the South London suburb where I grew up. Now that was 20 years ago.

Today I can buy a 2D printer that’s a fraction of the size, at a fraction of the cost – that prints at a far better quality than those enormous machines would have ever dreamed possible. And it sits on my desk while I write this. 

Now, because Objet is based on the same inkjet principle, we are currently seeing a similar revolution in 3D printing – albeit in far less time that it previously took – since today we are on the steep curve incline of price/capability improvement thanks to software advancements and nano-technology and due to the fact that 3D printing has already been around for 10 years or more. During that time we have seen the technology move from high-end industries to the desktop market – and all featuring the same standard of high-quality and accuracy across the board – whether its high-end multi-material prototyping and additive manufacturing or small-scale design modeling.

As for our 3D print quality – our printed models cannot be told apart easily from the real product they are simulating – both in terms of detail or functionality. This video perfectly illustrates the point I think:



  • D. Irizarry
    Feb 8, 2011 9:14 AM

    On the website BoinBoing, I watched a video from Objet describing new materials being developed for 2011. I do not work in the field, but felt the need to give some feedback because of the strong feelings the video gave me. The speaker was friendly and earnest and I feel clearly conveyed a strong connection with the customer base. In today's age of glitzy, pandering promotions it was refreshing to see genuine, honest integrity. I forwarded the video to several friends and they all had the same reaction. If this is how Objet does business, it is clear Objet will go far. Good job Objet.

  • silicon avatar
    Feb 8, 2011 9:14 AM

    Nice video – simple and well done. It told me what I wanted to know. The participants looked enthusiastic and fun. The product was nicely highlighted.

    The new materials look really interesting. I’ve been interested in 3D printing for a while now, but the ability to print plastic that has some strength to it is really intriguing.. Good job.

    PS: I would like to be able to print out food-grade plastics with good structural integrity.

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