In BBC's recent Newsnight program, Paul Webber of Tri-Technology, distributor of Objet 3D printers in the UK, tried to explain to presenter Jeremy Paxman how a 3D printer worked.
"This can print the impossible. You can literally print a ship in a bottle. With this type of technology the world is your oyster." said Paul Webber.
"So, you can make a ship in a bottle?" Jeremy Paxman asked, aghast.
Yes. We can.
Here is the proof! Today's Objet's blog post features a very beautiful 3D printed model of 'Ship in a Bottle' printed on an Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer.
(Objet Connex 3D Printer Creates a Ship in a Bottle by Jetting Transparent and Black Materials within the Same Print Session.| image credit: Objet)
(Detailed View of 3D Printed Ship Within Objet Clear Transparent 3D Printing Material | image credit: Objet)
The 'Ship in a Bottle' created here features a solid bottle, 3D printed in Objet's Clear Transparent material. And suspended within it we have our traditional sailing ship printed in Objet Rubber-like Black material. The Objet Connex system is able to jet two distinct materials (clear transparent and flexible black) within the same print session and then selectively place each material according to the 3D CAD design. (The only way to 3D print a ship in a hollow bottle would be to include a wide enough opening to remove the support material from within - which would sort of defeat the point really.)
Printing on the Objet Connex system in 30 micron layers allows you to clearly see the incredible detail of the ship – including the minuscule spider-web-like rigging between deck and masts, the crow's nests, railings and flag poles. Enjoy.
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