03/15/17

Arts & Culture, Technology

3D Printing

If you’ve ever thought of 3D printing as some sort of supercharged version of printing, that is probably because it is.

The capabilities of the technology itself should impress most of us. Even more so, are the potential opportunities that come with the existence of such a device that is slowly becoming more accessible to users.

The processes used in 3D printing has been around since the 1970s but it is only within the last few years that manufacturers have been able to create user-friendly models with the right price point.

3D printer

If you’re not looking to building something like a house then there are some local 3D printer dealers that you can find in Brunei.

Unlike a normal printer, a 3D printer creates objects building upon layers of material. All the user has to do is to use their imagination and conceptualise an item and the printer will do the rest. There’s also the option of using computer-aided design (CAD) files which are available on public domain to create something of their liking.

If you need a new phone case, you could essentially just download a CAD file that someone else has created and get the printer to do the hard work for you. You could even choose your own ‘resolution’ depending on how well defined you want the final product to be. In a nutshell, if you can imagine it, the printer can build it!

These printers also give industry users such as designers and engineers to test out their concepts in a real way by giving them the ability to explore their creations from the comfort of their own homes or workshops.

On a more grand scale, a company in China has managed to ‘print’ an entire house in 45 days, a feat achieved using its own system which combines concrete mixing and a 3D printing system. The house, built by HuaShang Tengda, is reported to be able to withstand an earthquake following a seismic test.

Another application for 3D printing is in the food industry where materials are replaced by edible ingredients to create a dish. Such is the level of innovation surrounding 3D printing that futurist Jeremy Rifkin has claimed that this development could usher in a third industrial revolution and take over the production line which has dominated most of modern day manufacturing.

IF YOU CAN IMAGINE IT,
THE PRINTER CAN BUILD IT

Of course, not all 3D printer models are created equal. Generally speaking, the lower the price point then the more attention is required from the user. If you’re not looking to building something like a house then there are some local 3D printer dealers that you can find in Brunei. One of these dealers are local startup Dotroot Technologies which is the sole distributor in Brunei for Moment 3D Printers. The printer, made by Korean company Moment, has been touted has one of the more affordable printers on the market catering for both the needs of beginner to advanced users.

For enquiries on Moment 3D printers you can contact:

Hello@dotroot.com.bn or visit Dotroot website at http://dotroot.com.bn/

Here are some helpful links to learn more about 3D printers:

https://www.3dhubs.com/best-3d-printer-guide

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2470038,00.asp

http://3dprinting.com/food/

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