CES 2014, Las Vegas, NV - We're all hearing a lot of buzz about the world of 3D printing. It really is a remarkable technology, one of those few that come along that really do have the potential to change the world. The ability to create parts on demand, choosing from thousands (or potentially millions) of patterns and several different materials, both conductive and non-conductive with a single machine makes that potential obvious. If that machine is coupled with (or includes) a 3D scanner, the potential is even higher. The 3D printer's versatility is what has created all the buzz. From simple basic plastic shapes to functional firearms to human organs, the technology is incredible.
British company Rolls-Royce is considering the use of 3D printer to print the lighter components in their jet aircraft engines.
Inventor from the West African country Togo, Kodjo Afate Gnikou, created the first 3D printer from electronic equipment worth less than $100. 33 year old Afate made an experimental functional 3D printer using an old desktop case, part of the diskette drive, parts from discarded scanner and printer found at the local dump.
Texas company Defense Distributed recently produced the Liberator - a gun that is almost entirely made with a 3D printer, and as such, owners of the 3D printer can produce it at their home. Only two components of the Liberator were are obtained from 3D printing: metal nail which serves as a hammer and a piece of steel that is here to activatethe metal detectors so the gun as such would be in accordance with U.S. laws.
The company botObjects announced ProDesk3D, 3D color printer for home and business users. The printer uses PLA containers with five colors, and the company claims that like traditional inkjet printers can mix primary colors to help users obtain the desired final color of the "printed" object.
According to Joosang Eun, senior vice president of sales and marketing departments of Printing Solutions Business of Samsung Electronics, the company in 2010 the year began with the simplification of mobile printing with the Galaxy tabs. Since then number of solutions were developed that enable Samsung customers to connect wirelessly their mobile devices and tablets to printers.