28 June 2011

3D Glass Printing

The recent posting about 3D printer technology and the resulting roving robots amuck in the Sahara, leaving a trail of glassware had generated a lot of inquiries into the 3D technology (and interest in how does one get access to this). Recently, a high-tech fabrication/prototype workshop has opened in Washington, DC: Fab Lab DC
From their website:

Fab Labs provide access to prototype tools for personal
fabrication, like a personal computer that can output
functional objects instead of images on a screen.
The labs have spread from inner-city Boston to Africa and
Norway, with projects tackling applications in areas
including healthcare,agriculture, housing, and communications...
In the spirit of MIT’s Fab Lab community outreach project,
FAB LAB DC will create a high-tech,fabrication
community workshop in the heart of the
Nation’s Capital to
advance creativity, innovation, and
collaborative projects.
FAB LAB DC will serve and foster
the creative community by
providing access to digital
fabrication technology, rapid prototyping,
and the global
Fab Lab network.

There are some other online sites that allow one to upload files that
they will fabricate and ship to you - like
Shapeways - a
Netherlands based site that now has opened offices in NYC.

Shapeways also has glass prototype facilities - but they have a
list of of rules for this process.

Click HERE to jump to Fab Lab DC's website.
Click HERE to jump to Fab Lab blog.

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