3D printers continue

3D printers continue

3D printers continue
Technology has progressed enormously in the last 20 years, today it is possible to print 3D models of 40 types of materials. Following this breakthrough, 3D printers are not only used for prototyping, but also for finished products.
NASA experts believe that 3D printers are an effective method for the production of tools and spare parts required for the operation of the International Space Station. At this time, transporting a kilogram of equipment to the ISS costs about $ 20,000, so that the use of 3D printers would significantly reduce costs. Furthermore, a 3D printer provides flexibility. One of the researchers working with NASA on the project 3D printing, Gonzalo Martinez, explained: "If the astronauts on Apollo 13 had a 3D printer on board, the famous phrase" Houston, we have a problem "were in fact" Houston, we have a problem, send a pattern to print tool that we need to solve it. "
In 2011, the US space agency specialists have successfully tested printing a tool (a key French) under conditions of zero gravity. As a result, NASA announced that it plans to equip the International Space Station with this technology in 2014.

Printers become available artisans
Even if 3D printers there for decades, they are now used by many people passionate about creating objects, due to the significant reduction in the cost of such a system.
If 3D printers used in industry costs up to a million dollars, kits for the production of small-scale objects can be purchased at prices starting at $ 1.300.
Today, tens of thousands of people today use this technology to design and create objects and parts. The most important site for enthusiasts 3D printers, Thingiverse, already can be found over 15,000 designs. Created objects ranging from the useful, such as vases, toothbrush holders, various games (chess sets, for example) to true works of art or even muzicale.Site instruments is based on the philosophy of "open source "which means that any model uploaded on the website is free and can be modified by anyone after your own preferences.
Objects can be created on the computer using freely available software like Google Sketchup or TinkerCAD.
Bre Prettis, CEO of one of the best known companies in the field, MakerBot, states that "we must do everything possible to get this technology into the hands of the new generation. The children of today will have to know" digital design "to be able to solve the problems of tomorrow."