This post is about technology
With recent hot news in mobile phone world regarding Nokia's latest feature of self-customized phone case printing, I am especially excited with this.
|Everyone can print self-designed mobile phone case in any colour, with template given by Nokia.|
3D printing technology is getting more popular and stepping into mainstream now. Before I move on, 3D printing is defined as the process of creating 3-dimensional object from digital model. It has been traditionally applied in jewellery design and industrial prototyping design.
With advancement of technology, 3D scanning and printing has been more accessible and easier than ever.
I am glad that I am greatly exposed to this technology since a few years ago. With the recent optimization of my favourite 3D modeling software, SketchUp to fit with 3D printing process, I can virtually print out anything I design in 3D. On the other hand, with my exposure to 3D scanning process of using sophisticated 3D laser scanner in my undergraduate Final Year Project, I have certainly a basic knowledge of converting any real object into 3D digital model, and then replicating it into 3D object.
|A cheaper 3D printer available locally currently|
The only thing I am lacking now is a 3D printer! With simple search in the internet, I found out 3D printing is still very new in local region (both Malaysia and Singapore). The machine's price is somehow still very high, i.e. more than RM5000 (S$2000+). (http://www.3dprinter.com.my)
I foresee that 3D printing has a very great potential. With high popularity received in country like USA, people start to print anything, from sculpture, hobby, collection to household object (as spare part). Architecture field has also started to apply this technology to create architectural design prototype. Archaeologist uses it to replicate historical site/objects for research purpose.
I wish to buy a 3D printer and become a 3D hobbyist now.
|Architectural model created by 3D printing. Image courtesy of Rietveld Architects|