Posts Tagged ‘3D printing’

3D Printing Hits the High Street

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Up until now the only place to buy a 3D printer has been online but this week high street store Maplin has started selling one for £700. The model in question is the Velleman K8200 and is the first to be available off a shop shelf in the UK. It’s another milestone in what is likely to be a home-based industrial revolution though the still quite high-price tag and limitations of the device might hold it back from mega success. (more…)

Plastic guns – the dark side of 3D printing

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

The applications of 3D printing are seemingly endless and while plenty of positive uses of the technology have already been revealed it seems there are people working on less positive uses as well. After a year of development a group known as Defense Distributed has successfully created a 3D printed gun and plans to make the files necessary to print it available to anyone who wants them. (more…)

3D desktop scanner promises to revolutionise 3D printing

Friday, March 15th, 2013

3D printing has been around for a while now and though the things that are being made with the technology have gradually become more impressive the printers themselves have yet to become as commonplace as a desktop printer. One of the reasons is that they’re still prohibitively expensive, another is that in order to make 3D things you need a 3D model to start with. And that’s where MakerBot comes in with its Digitizer Desktop 3D scanner. (more…)