3D Scanning and Printing

posted on 12 Jul 2011 17:11 by BGC DML - Kimon
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Those of you who have been around this summer have seen me excited about our newest purchase for the DML, a 3D scanner from NextEngine. This scanner has a lot of potential for our object based work and the possibility of getting detailed three dimensional representations of objects into a digital format. I am still working out the peculiarities and quirks of the machine, but it seems that with diligence and some hard work we can get good scans for use in academic programs and the gallery.

The next step would be printing our scans. Just as the NextEngine dropped into an affordable price range, #D printing is starting to become a more attainable reality. Here is a video of a homemade resin-based 3D printer which can attain remarkable resolutions.

Looking at even more expensive and complex printers, there are now powder and binder based printers that can print color objects with movable parts. Below is a video of one of these printers creating a wrench that actually adjusts and is strong enough to tighten a nut on a bolt:

It is amazing to think about how digital technologies are starting to move out of two dimensions and data space and into the real 3D world. This holds a lot of promise for the study of material culture and makes the possibilities in the DML really exciting.


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