Lets say you have kiddies that have toys made of plastic and can be broken. Wouldnt it be cool to Draw the part and print it in 3-D.
Well now you can for a small price of 40Gs. you can own a 3-D printer. The gel is 10 dollars per item you make.
The ZPrinter 310 System creates physical models directly from digital data in hours instead of days. The System is fast, versatile and simple,
allowing engineers to produce a range of concept models and functional test parts quickly and inexpensively.
Z Corp. parts can be infiltrated with the Z-Max epoxy to dramatically increase their strength, temperature resistance and humidity resistance. The
added strength of the parts gives them the ability to be machined, drilled and tapped allowing the parts to be assembled with manufactured parts.
What is special about the Dimension 3D Printer?
Most 3D printers build models from starch, wax or similar materials. The finished object looks the part, but can have little structural strength.
The Dimension produces parts by extruding molten ABS plastic to give solid plastic objects that can be handled and used, eg., a camera or a calculator
case can be as strong as the real object. The plastic is white as standard, but can also be supplied in a range of colours.
How easy is it to use in a school?
A simple answer - dead easy. The software supplied allows 3D .stl files (as produced in Pro/DESKTOP, for example) to be loaded and positioned, then
it does the rest. The process is fully automatic. Multiple parts can be loaded and processed at the same time to reduce overall manufacturing times.
Material handling is also straightforward. The raw materials are loaded in cartridges (just like in laser printers). This means that there are no
messy powders to handle, and that the whole process is quick and clean.
What about the costs?
Well, this is sophisticated technology, so it is bound to cost a bit more than a few files and a hacksaw! However, this new machine really has
provided a breakthrough in pricing to bring it within the reach of a number of schools and colleges. Of course there are also running costs, an item
such as a mobile phone case might typically cost a few pounds to produce (remember, there is no waste material to be machined away, you only pay for
the plastic you use). Also you have a finished object straight off the machine, no secondary processing such as casting is normally required.
Just as color printers are becoming status quo, a new technology may enable something more—three-dimensional desktop printers.
Three-dimensional printers use high-intensity lasers to harden extremely thin layers of liquid plastic or melt and fuse metal or plastic powders to
build up three-dimensional forms, and are used in industry for both rapid prototyping and manufacturing. Lasers are relatively expensive components,