When technologies come together

Today’s post is a bit different, as I’ll be talking about the recent changes in some interesting technology I’ve noticed.

As the subject is quite large I’m not going to go into details that I don’t have but we will start with the coming together of computer modelling and 3d printing for the common man.

http://wiki.makerbot.com/how-to-print

Following that link you will find a good article about 3d printing, one that lists all the 3d software that is relevant to it, for me it is quite interesting how all these programs have started to work alongside each other to enable someone to create or mould plastic parts for their own use.

So now we have the necessary tools for making our own tools/parts/funny objects, but to print them you don’t necessarily need to own a 3d printer, why you can just order what you modeled through post.

Enter shapeways a company that “we’re a NY start-up that harnesses 3D printing to help you make, buy and sell anything you want.” sounds pretty interesting and they apparently don’t cost too much and have several different kind of materials available for your printing. (this is currently the only one I know of, there are others but I have no idea about them)

So what can one do with 3d printing? http://imgur.com/a/Tnq1F take a look at this http://shoryuken.com/2012/07/03/rts-x-fighters-check-out-the-ultimate-starcraft-ii-arcade-stick/ that is pretty cool and it well presents how technology has progressed together to give someone who doesn’t work in the actual field a chance to do something like this without too much effort.

I would have to say the keypoint might be the 3d modeling software, and we can see this development somewhere else when we look at what is happening to animation when it collides with 3d modeling and games: enter the Valve’s Source Film maker http://www.sourcefilmmaker.com/ which will most likely revolutionize animation (atleast for the casual animator) and also has me drooling all over it.

These technologies are coming together, and what the end result is I don’t know but I’m sure it will be something that will have us wondering in a few years what the world was like back then when we didn’t have them working together.

 

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