Last week my 3D printer arrived, in about 200 pieces! (3D Printer Out-of-Box Experience Recorded as Google Glass Video) I assembled it and am happily 3D printing, thank you very much! This week I’m giving a tour of its operation. Since I usually participate in the weekly #HITSM chat (Fridays, noon, EST) I donned Glass and videoed 3D printing of the #HITSM letters, on a little stand I can put it on my desk.
Oh, by the way, there’s a bit of todo here in DC about a snowy owl getting hit by a bus. It’s recuperating, but as per usual, there’s already a @DCSnowyOwl Twitter account. In order to keep everyone’s spirits high, I printed a little statue of the snowy owl. That’s a video I can’t show you, but you would’t want to see it, because it took an hour and forty-five minutes! Anyway, see below….
My 3D printer arrived! I shot its Out-Of-The-Box Experience using my Google Glass. It’s ten minutes long! That’s because it’s a kit I have to assemble.
By the way, in the video I mention I read it took three Ph.D. scientists and two engineers eight hours to assemble the printer. To be fair, I read numerous other places it only takes one person four to eight hours.
3D printing promises to revolutionize many industries in the same way the Internet did. Only, instead of manipulating just measly little ‘ol electrons, we’re talking whole frickin’ atoms! Download a 3D design off the Internet, tweak it to your purposes (size, add/subtract features, add your own branding), and presto! I don’t know how soon we’ll be printing pizzas like Star Trek’s replicator, but look at this list of cool medically-related stuff that’s already happening.
If you’re interested in 3D printing in medicine, check out these links!
- Trends in 3D Printing of Customized Medical Devices
- 3D printing is new face of medicine
- How 3D Printers Are Reshaping Medicine
- The Five Most Promising Uses Of 3D Printing In Medicine
- 3D printing of blood vessels goes to clinical trials