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3D scanner replicates objects

Wendy . Blog Shakespeare slept here! Published 13 July 2011

The future once again is upon us. A 3D copy machine invented by the Z Corporation can replicate an object, even an object with moving parts. This video shows a tool, a wrench, being scanned and sent to a 3D printer. Color is added. The image then is sent to the printer. The printer does have a color ink cartridge, but it also has a powder (with a secret formula) which combines with a binding material. An hour and a half later a new wrench is born in the powdery tray. Excess powder is blown off, and the new wrench can be put immediate use.

Scan an object And take out a replica.

In the video they speak about using this 3D contraption in space. Imagine this:

You're an astronaut. You let go of your wrench for just a second, and it disappears. Oh, no! You need that wrench! There is no hardware store anywhere in the vicinity. What is the solution? Easy! You reproduce it with your 3D copy machine.

I have 2 questions for the inventers and the engineers out there is cyber space:

-Where did the wrench go? Has it joined the outer-atmospheric garbage dump?

-Isn't that powder going to be floating around the space station forever?

Watch the video. You won't believe it either!

Wendy

Vocabulary

tool: herramienta
wrench: llave inglesa
scanned: escaneado
ink cartridge: cartucho de tinta
powder: polvo
binding: adherente
tray: bandeja
blown off: dispersado por aire
contraption: aparato sin importancia
let go of: soltar
hardware: ferreteria
engineers: ingenieros
in the vicinity: cercano
garbage dump: basurero

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Comments (11)
jose agullo (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Now, in 2012, those machines are a reality, HP make them. About yor questions, I add anothers. If the space station is without gravity the powder would be floating inside the machine, Will work the machine with the powder floating? And of course, the powder is a less strength material than the original of the wrench then it will break soon!!.

B1_T4M_DAVIDPEREZ (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

I think the 3d printer is a good idea. Just released now but maybe in ten year everybody will have a 3d printer in their house. Like other technologies or devices when it was released it was very expensive and only had a few, but years after everyone had them, such as the mobile phone. I see this as a great advance, since for example in medicine where the 3d printer can help to make organs. The other day I saw in the TV that they are testing this. Now this has to progress, making printers more smaller, lighter and cheaper so everyone can enjoy it. In this video we can see how to make a spanner with the 3d printer from a real spanner. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aghzpO_UZE

B1_T4M_MANELCANSADO (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

That's nice!!!! I haven't seen yet one 3D printer but in my opinion all these technology related with the 3 dimensions will be the future, since the films and most of the new televisions are doing them in the format 3D although in this case to see it you need a special glasses. However I saw in this post that this printers has a powder tray from where is created the figure in three dimensions, but I have seen another that instead of use this system they use a system of layers. I mean that the printer make the figure putting one layer over the other and so obtaining the wished figure. Although this 3D printer won't make happy to the other business and workers because one 3D printer in each house suppose not to require the service of a technical and we don't need to buy anything else we can produce ourselves. Well the future is to become, so with the time we will see us what will happen with the 3D printer.

Jesús Fernández... (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

3D printer is real nowadays. There some examples of its use in bbiomedical sciences as you can see here(http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S36/80/19M40/index.xml) or http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/20/scientists-create-new-ear_n_2728612.html?utm_hp_ref=technology Scientists have created a functional ear that can "hear"

Alberto Bellido... (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Nowadays it is a real advance in design world, i say that because i'm studying product design. My classmates and I discovered different forms that you can print an object. There are many machines to print 3d object, but now i have seen a future 4d print machine, you can charge the material and it can adopt different forms. I let you see in that video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncg3YXtzcCI

Jon A2 (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

I used a 3D printer last year for a college project. It was great. I designed a pawn using a program called Rhino and then I was able to print it using one of these machines.

Alejandro Berto... (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

This technology is one of the most popular in ours days. The 3D printer has many different version, the one you said, it's usually used for high quality pieces. For the common person, like you or me, it's available an other types, that use PLA or ABS, a types of plastics. This type extrudes a filament of plastic and build the object layer to layer. They're also other types, like one they're developing wich prints metal.

Alejandra Bermú... (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

We’re used to many technological advances, and this is a clear example. We can’t live without technology; it has become a part of our lives. For example, I study art and graphic design, so I find this whole world of 3D printing truly useful, as it helps to achieve better projects and to obtain many improvements in the field. Another example may be the 3D printing pen, a tool that brings many opportunities to those who are constantly using drawing and 3D instruments in their work routine. It is also being investigated how to print directly from photoshop, which will allow people to create, edit and print their tridimensional models in a 3D printer. If interested, take a look at this interesting article: http://blogthinkbig.com/impresion-3d-con-photoshop/

Elena Jimenez C... (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

It 's a great idea , I have the pleasure to use these machines because they are very useful in architecture. They have a great capacity for reproduction of reality. They are developing new materials for these machines and are being very rewarding , as plastics. This idea is winning in every branch of engineering for reproduction of elements in detail.

Catalina Alonso... (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

This 3D copy machine is a great invention and a huge advance in technology. It has been in the market for some times. I haven't used this device yet but I would like to use it in the near future. I have seen how it is used in building C but I think the process is still a bit slow.

manuel Moldes B... (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Once again, the technology never ceases to amaze. Now with a new invent, 3D copy machine, which is an improvement of traditional printer. This new machines allow us to print any objet in 3 dimensions, without going to buy it a one shop. In order to print, you only need download the design of object, which you want to print. But not all are good news, some people use this copy machines to print dangerous object like guns, which are forgiven

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