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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:


Sam Green, Head of Marketing for Rapid Prototyping Solutions, Stratasys

Sam Green, Head of Marketing for Rapid Prototyping Solutions, Stratasys

Sam Green is Head of Marketing for Rapid Prototyping Solutions at Stratasys.


  • 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.

  • 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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