Friday, March 25, 2011

3D Printing

I recently read an article in Wired Magazine that featured a DIY enthusiast who is also a model train hobbyist. He began to wonder if it was possible to use 3-D software to create scenery accessories for his railroad. He began to design miniature trucks, trains, bridges, etc that he could use to enhance his railroad model. Utilizing a company called Shapeways, he was able to upload his design files to their site and they would print his model and ship it back to him. He now sells his models on the site for a little extra income!

Check out shapeways.com. Not only can you buy and sell 3d objects that people have designed, you can also upload and print objects of your own!


1 comment:

arturo said...

We are at the same stage as when "desktop publishing" came into being with the arrival of the Mac.
Very soon 3D printers which currently range from 1000 to 20,000 dollars will come down in price so that many can afford them. Instead of paying for ink you will be buying the different types of materials to create your objects.

The site you posted is creating a business not only by printing your stuff but also setting up a "marketplace" for selling what you do. Sort of like the ETSY of the 3D printing world. Very good idea indeed.

Get your own printer HERE! and start your own business!:-)