The latest innovations in 3-D printing technology was debuted at the recent Inside 3-D Printing Conference and Expo. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
If you take a look at the recent Inside 3-D Printing Conference and Expo, you realize that this is an industry that is constantly evolving and moving into new areas.
For one, maybe you know printed objects can be made of several different types of materials, but did you know that thanks to plastics like NinjaFlex, 3-D printed objects no longer have to be solid, static, immovable objects?
"It's much more versatile. You're not limited now to printing rigid objects. You can now print super balls, you know, anything that stretches. You could print your own rubber bands," says Stan Kulikowski of Fenner Drives.
The 3-D industry is always eager to point out that you can certainly create objects larger than just little trinkets that you stick on your desk. More proof of that is a 3-D printed Ford Torino.
Well, actually, it's an art project where a 3-D printed exterior was created and then covered with a liquid metal, all to make a statement about what 3-D printing represents.
"It is a symbol of the third Industrial Revolution because we know Ford, Henry Ford, introduced the assembly line 100 years ago, and that was the second Industrial Revolution. This is kind of making transition to the mass customization, from mass production to mass customization," says artist Ioan Florea.
Finally, these days, in business, online collaboration is huge. Different people from all over the world can work on the same project thanks to the power of the internet. Well, meet the 3D printing version of that - George Crowdsourcington.
"We sponsored a collaborative project called "We the Builders" where people can download one block from WeTheBuilders.com and print it out and mail it back to me, where I glued them all together," says Todd Blatt of Tinkerine.
Project developers say George is made up of 110 pieces and that 70 people participated, printed and sent in parts from as far away as Beijing.