Author: Eddie Krassenstein [3DPrint.com]
3D printing is currently in its infancy, particularly when it comes to creating functional end-use products. Sure, there are some really cool devices and gadgets which have been fabricated on desktop 3D printers, but we are still several years away from really beginning to see the technology go to use in creating everyday products which can be both practical and fully functional at the same time. New breakthroughs such as 3D printing conductive traces and electronics will certain open a lot of doors within the space.
At a recent event held by MecklerMedia in New York City, called 3D Print Week NY, MakerBot was on hand with their own “show within the show”. The company had a large theater setup where people could enjoy various presentations on 3D printing, as well as dozens of incredible 3D printed projects which have not been unveiled previously. One project which stood out the most to me, was a large 3D printed outboard boat motor, measuring an incredible 4 feet in height, all 3D printed on a MakerBot 3D printer.
Designed by MakerBot Product Designer Carlos Cruz, it was by far my favorite 3D printed object within the entire MakerBot section of the show. Perhaps it was the sheer size, or perhaps the simple fact that I love boating, but whatever it was, there were constant crowds standing around gazing and talking about it. This design was only one of Cruz’s many amazing creations, all of which were quite fascinating to look at.
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