4 Brand Spanking New 3D Printing Innovations You Have to Check Out
CES is already blowing things up this week, and it’s only Tuesday! Newly announced just yesterday are four brand new ways to print in 3D, and we can’t wait to start trying these new gadgets and systems. If you’re new to the world of 3D printing, be sure to check out our 3D printing archive for stories about all the awesome things you can do, including a handful of 3D printed projects created right here at Brit HQ. Now, onto the new stuff!
MakerBot Mobile is our favorite part of this ecosystem, for sure. It’s a free mobile app that gives you the power to monitor and control any 5th Generation MakerBot Replicator and access everything from MakerBot right from your mobile device. We love the idea that you could be out for lunch, monitoring your 3D printing project right from your phone. You can easily reprint files based on history, you can watch, pause, cancel, or even swap filament. It’s great for days when you need to crank out of a ton of 3D printed objects, but can’t babysit the printer all day long.
And the final piece of the ecosystem, MakerBot PrintShop! This simple app is a fun, easy, and free way to create and 3D print all sorts of things. The thing we’re digging most is the TypeMaker, which lets you print out signs, letters, name plates, and more.
3. Cube3: Next up, we’ve got the latest printer from the folks at 3D Systems. Cube3 boasts more than 20 colors and dual-color jetted mashables, meaning your possibilities for color are more limitless than before. The touchscreen is ready for wireless printing, and claims to be 2x faster than other printers. What we’re into is that it is kid-friendly. Using a Cube is super straightforward, and the surfaces don’t become so hot that they could hurt a curious kiddo. And they’re on the mobile printing ticket too! The Cubify app (available on iOS, Android, and Windows) lets you print on-the-go. Love it.
Next up, 3D glasses that work with the screen of said laptop-tablet, letting you model onscreen using hand gestures in the space in front of the screen. That’s right — gestural 3D modeling. What the what?! The next use for the 3D camera naturally turns to gaming. You can play games in 3D involving both real objects and virtual ones, which seems like something straight out of Weird Science.
Finally, Intel showed how a 3D camera could be used to project 3-dimensional images in space — of course, they chose to superimpose a flying whale from the book Leviathan over the auditorium. Boom.
And we’re sure CES isn’t finished serving up new 3D printing innovations — stay tuned for coverage all week long here on Brit.co.