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Posted by abeodbart November 30, 2010 at 8:17 am


“As Christmas fast approaches, millions will opt to spare themselves the crowded high street and instead settle down in front of the computer and do their shopping there. Yet buying online has always had one key disadvantage: you have to wait. Not only that, but the inability to touch a product, try it on, feel how heavy it is or do anything else you would do on your typical high street excursion prevents online shopping being the perfect experience. But technology is now coming online that could allow you to receive your goods straight away. As the cost of 3D printing hardware begins to drop, bespoke, printable products may be about to hit the market.

Freedom of Creation is a design and research company exploring the capabilities of what, in the industry, is known as rapid prototyping. Janne Kyttanen is the company’s founder and creative director. “Imagine the potential of this for the fashion industry,” he told Digital Planet on the BBC World Service. “I can measure your body, in 3D, and I can make you perfectly fitting garments in the future without any sewing and stitching, making the needle and the thread obsolete.” His company is now producing products for companies including Asics, Tommy Hilfiger and Hyundai.

Away from the fashion world, 3D printing has many applications for the developing world. The ability to produce specially designed objects from a computer offers exciting possibilities for making vital tools in poorer, hard to reach areas. One scheme that is looking to capitalise in the technology is RepRap, short for Replicating Rapid Prototyping, which offers a cheap way of replicating objects – including the printer itself. “It’s a 3D printer that prints out a kit of parts for another 3D printer,” explained Dr Adrian Bowyer from the University of Bath.”

Read more at BBC News (Thanks Shaun H)

November 30, 2010 at 9:36 am
MrSyd says:

This really is awesome. The RepRap concept can literally reproduce itself … i.e. print another printer (all the parts for it in any case – someone still has to assemble it but you get instructions. Which you should use even if you’re a bloke).

Cost is circa £500 currently. Watch the video if you’re still not sure what is being discussed. This could really change a lot.

November 30, 2010 at 11:20 am
Heds says:

Many in the past have written about a future with machines that replicates themselves, is this the beginning of the end? ;0)

November 30, 2010 at 4:34 pm
Criticalbounce says:

Synthesis of the synthetic. I write a pretentious piece of music about this back in 2003. Looks like I’m more prophetic than I thought.

November 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm
ReliegiousMarie says:

= Excited about this :)

December 1, 2010 at 1:38 am
Julien S.-R. says:

Imagine if we could use plastic garbage as “ink.”
Tired of recycling? Make that kayak you always wanted.


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