3D printing (otherwise known as "additive manufacturing") is a subset of the growing field of rapid replication. It's the process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model, and it promises to shape the future of manufacturing. Eventually 3D printers will create customized objects and parts-- whatever you can imagine-- with the ease with which you can print a document on your laser printer. While the technology isn’t quite there yet, it’s getting very close.
Table XI jumped on the 3D bandwagon this month and picked up the Up! Mini from our neighbors at Inventables. Having a 3D printer in the office gives us a chance to experiment with this growing technology and stretch a part of our brain often neglected while coding. Developers are always creating, but rarely have tangible output. Our Up! Mini creates a tangible, real object—a uniquely satisfying feeling.
So far we've been hosting a series of "3D tours" for anyone who wants to take our new machine for a test drive. Interested in swinging by for a visit? Let us know.
Published by: John Gore in Culture