I've seen some real examples of useful things that 3D printing can put in my hands today. This innovative way of designing and then printing objects means that many people may be able to produce 3D artwork and household items at home. I've seen examples such as making a Kinect stand, printing a replacement parts for a bike, or replace the broken part with a print made by your 3D printer for dishwasher, really it does seem like this is a technology just about to take off.
Among a myriad of useful (and not-so-useful) things has been downloaded, tweaked and printed, I specially like this one - a 3D printed stand for Galaxy Note. Janine Romijn has cerebral palsy since birth. Because of her physical disability she can not use her hands. "Using my hands isn't easy for me, so I prefer doing as much as I can, using my head." Among all the things she has been doing, such as working as a technical engineer, starting website to try to reach people with disabilities and let them share the pleasure of operating the computer the easy way, or web designing for customers, she is also a proud owner of a 3D printer.
She designed this stand for her Galaxy Note in Sketchup and printed with an Ultimaker 3D printer. Now this stand holds perfectly her Galaxy Note so she can operate with her nose. "Sms, WhatsApp everything works after some practice. Then you really fit in." "And yes, I can even play wordfeud." And more, she offers also custom designs and 3D printing service to customers.
3D printing is not currently for everyone - it is not you hit print, the bot prints your item. It requires a lot of efforts to operate and care but 3d printers do make our life so much easier. They are used so common nowadays in the house hold because they allow for mass replication of a particular object at an individual level. An idea can turn into a handy little piece of plastic in as little as an hour. Clearly, stories of interesting fabs attract us, as the technology develops, affordable and easy-to-use 3D printer will be a common household item and anyone could make their ideas into real physical objects.
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Guslb12 wrote at 5/12/2013 12:08:08 AM:
As soon as I saw it I knew I had to make it out of clay, took me about an hour to make.
Janine Romijn wrote at 5/9/2012 4:52:19 PM:
Hi, Tnx for this great article about me! I don't know who wrote this, but tnx very much! Kind regards, Janine Romijn