With the advent of desktop 3D printers, average people can now create extraordinary designs and prototypes that in the past would have been slow and cost prohibitive. But even the best models are very slow, making it difficult to move from the prototype to any kind of self production. The solution – it might be that desktop vacuum molding is exactly what is needed. And even if you don’t go the 3D printer route, this kind of technology allows you to make non-destructive copies of one-off works – provided that they are mold friendly designs, of course.
Anyone remember the simple pleasures of a Play-Doh factory? You put the clay in, squeeze the handle, and out comes a shape. Now consider an adult version – you put the dirt in, wait a few seconds, and out comes the shape. Brick shaped, in this case, but so satisfying to watch.
A high power water jet is capable of cutting through steel over 4 inches thick. But what happens when you turn it loose on everyday household objects? It gives you a chance to explore how ordinary objects work with a fascinating and unique cross section view. The instrument can be used on a wide variety of objects with great results. But just make sure that the items to be explored can be donated to the cause, because this is obviously a permanent operation.
So, you have a 3D printer and really want a good design to break it in with? Or maybe you just always wanted a REALLY detailed model of Han Solo’s favorite ship, but find that the available plastic models leave you wanting more? Gambody has spent months designing a 3D Millennium Falcon kit that will please both parties.
Their design incorporates 176 individual panels, and it may take a couple months to print and finish. When complete, you will have a 1:34 scale model that is sure to astound even the most hardened Star Wars fan. The highly detailed design kit consisting of STL files is available for purchase, and costs $74.99.