Charms of 3D Printing
3D printing is possible but relevant printers are currently commercial-only solutions with the absolute cheapest costing a little over $10,000. In late 2013, we can expect the technology to significantly drop in price to the point where it will enter the consumer market.
The Stratasys 3D Production Series brings world-class prototyping, tooling and digital manufacturing to designers and engineers. The Fortus 250mc is the most compact and affordable machine, offering advanced 3D manufacturing capabilities in an office-friendly footprint. Fortus 900mc 3D Production Systems offer the widest range of Fused Deposition Modeling materials, including high performance thermoplastics, for amazingly durable, accurate parts as large as 914 x 610 x 914 mm (36 x 24 x 36 in.) with predictable mechanical, chemical and thermal properties.
The material is gradually deposited through a controlled nozzle, layer by layer, building up to a fully formed product, made of plastic or metal. ea Imagine ag e being be g able ab e to o d draw a a case for o you your phone p oe in Photoshop then printing out!