3D has been around for over 20 years, but only in the last couple has it become anything for the public. This is because the technology of 3D Printing has caught up, and with 3D Printers going for less than $500 new, now more than ever there’s a need to create an easy creation end. Any look at Blender, SolidWorks, Maya, or many of the other high end 3D applications can be very intimidating, but in the last few years, there have been a few new 3D Programs, mostly online(where you create your 3D object online instead of on your computer), and for simple 3D sketches, they’re great and so easy to use you can be up and running in less than 10 minutes on at least two, Google’s Sketch Up, and TinkerCAD.
There are many types of 3D programs available, some expensive, some free, and not categorized in such a way only the expensive ones are high end. Blender, an Open Source program is completely free and rivals Solidworks in many ways, a $6,000 program. But you’ll need to devote a fair amount of time if you want to learn any high end 3D modeling programs. To say they’re complex would be an understatement, because remember they recreate reality in theory or within a digital world.
Here’s a short movie made recently with primarily Blender called “Sintel” featuring the cutest baby dragon ever created for the screen, created with a program that’s completely free Open Source.
Thanks to the easy 3D programs available, it’s possible to create 3D art, and send it out for printing in minutes! If you have a 3D Printer at home, you’ll be able to create your own ideas, and then print them in 3D right in the comfort of your own home.
WHY 3D PRINTING IS TURNING MANUFACTURING ON IT’S HEAD… and kicking it out the door…
Manufacturing, and even before that crafts made individually, all relied on a process of Market we’re all too familiar with to get any product in our hands. It goes something like this-
-Shipped to Manufacturer
-Manufacture of Product
-Shipped to Wholesaler
-Shipped to Retailer
-Purchased by Consumer
-Product used by Consumer
With 3D Printing, that cycle for many products will become:
-Product Manufactured by Consumer
-Product Consumed by Customer
We appear to be merging the Crafts era with the soon to be extinct Manufacturing era to create a new era of Mass Customization, where we ourselves create products with zero waste, replicating as many as we like.
In the development of ever better materials for 3D Printers, 3D Prints already today can be offered in plastic, wood, metal, and rubber. We here at 3D Print Animate wouldn’t be surprised if a manufacturer was developing a 100% recyclable 3D Print material that could be reused over and over so when your 3D part isn’t needed, you’ll just dump it in your recycle goo, which is then re-spun and spooled ready to make your next 3D Print. We’re half way there already…
Take how small these 3D printers can print. The Owl Nano, for example, can print 1/10th of a micron which is 1/1000 of 1 millimeter.
Nanoprint Speed Record
Still researchers at the Geneva University of Technology for some time have been making 3D artifacts that are more like 3D Micros, objects only viewable under an electronic microscope.In the here and now, you can buy a 3D printer for less than $500, and make 3D art online in 10 minutes or less, printing it at home or online and shipped.In 10 years though hang on.
It’s likely if any of our organs fail, we’ll just print one up, or more likely, print nano printers (un-viewable with the naked eye) we deposit in our bloodstream that will go to work manufacturing the replacement organ while removing the broken one seamlessly one layer of new molecules at a time quickly, and quietly, patient none the wiser.The 3D Revolution is changing everything, and this revolution is one you’ll want to understand if you plan on jumping onboard!