The following article was brought to my attention from Forbes Small Business (October 2007):

A computer-aided-design program converts 2-D or 3-D images into a format compatible with the printer. An image is sent to the printer, which takes anywhere from minutes to hours to re-create it, layer by layer, in plastic. The finished object is removed from the printer, dipped in an "infiltrant" for hardening, and then painted. [Read more]

I am very interested in where this stuff is going.

For a very edifying book on the subject of personal fabrication I recommend FAB by Neil Gershenfeld, director of the Centre for Bits and Atoms at MIT. His book covers multiple aspects of cutting, shaping, and such.


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