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Printing a 3D Printer? Well…Almost

 

If you follow the 3D printing space for a while then you eventually get to hear some of the less practial or sensible “future” predictions for the technology. Like this one I heard today: 3D printed steak. You’d have a 3D printer in the restaurant and the customer would simply select ‘rare’, ‘medium rare’ or ‘well done’ and the 3D printer would print you a customized steak to your precise gastronomical specifications – and there is even the case that such a steak could be considered vegetarian since it never came from a live animal! Fantastic.

Luckily, we have something a little more useful for you in today’s blog post – the prospect of 3D printing parts for a 3D printer. The fear/attraction of the self-perpetuating machine has already been drilled into us through popular science fiction culture (Skynet for example – probably based on Asimov’s idea of a global computer that becomes self-aware). So it’s only natural that 3D printing enthusiasts would imagine a self-perpetuating 3D printer that is able to re-create parts for itself.

Well, sorry to burst the bubble, but 3D printing has already been doing that for quite some time already. This video I shot right here at Stratasys HQ shows how a 3D printed part in Objet ABS-like Digital Material (exclusive to the Objet Connex system) is drilled and assembled to functionally test a new design tweak in an Objet desktop 3D printer. It’s not an end-use part per se, but the material is certainly tough enough for the prototyping needs of our design team here! Welcome to the future then?

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.

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