3D Printing Technology is going through evolution. There is so much innovation going on around the world concerning the printing process, the raw materials used, the scanning process and the myriad application of 3D Printing. The future is pretty much interesting. To have a quick peek at the future of 3D Printing, we took a look at some of the interesting and out of the box projects on the biggest crowd sourcing platforms, Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
We list down the top 3 interesting projects which are at different stages of funding!
Flying 3D Printers: Yes, you read that right, Flying 3D Printers! A group of Mechanical Engineers from France are trying to combine drones with 3D printers. Their aim is to create drones that can 3D print objects while still in the air. They visualize a future where multiple such drones can work together to print very large 3D objects, essentially eliminating the need for large 3D printers. This is going to be a very complicated project, considering the amount of stability you need for the drones to print that perfect finish. Will this project see the light of the day? Only time will tell. Nevertheless, we are excited about the possibilities once the project comes to life.
You can read more about it here: Flying 3D Printers
MiniToy 3D Printer: Making 3D Printing a child’s play, literally! The makers of this printer, Weistek Co., Ltd. Have designed it exclusively for the kids. It’s a simple plug, play and print concept. A child can connect it to a computer, iPad or an iPhone and print whatever design he/she likes. The simplicity of the design and the concept help it claim the title of “The Most Promising Electronics Gadgets” at the 2016 Global Sources Electronics Show.
The company states that,
“When it comes to promoting imagination, we believe that “less is more”. Unlike 3D printers made for kids, MiniToy further ignites your child’s curiosity by covering the printing mechanics. By hiding all the screws and metal parts, we made the MiniToy look less like a machine and more like a toy. The magnetic eyes and rotating handle bring MiniToy to life, adding more elements of excitement.
You can read more about it here: Minitoy 3D Printer
Eora 3D: Remember the Star Trek Replicator? Well, this high precision 3D scanner comes close to that. The makers claim that it’s the world’s first high-precision 3D scanner that is entirely powered by a modern smartphone. When the campaign was first launched, it became such a hit that the fund they raised surpassed their initial goal within 3 hours of launching, and raised close to $600,000 from 2139 backers from over 60 countries.
With a combination of laser and smartphone, they achieved an unbelievable precision of sub-100 micron and too in full colour which can be rendered in the app.
Read more about the project here: Eora 3D High Precision 3D Scanning