The Jacob Javits Center was transformed into a veritable 3D printing factory over the past few days for the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo, the first tradeshow of its kind. Though the expo was small in size, it was packed with the latest 3D printing technologies and equipment as well as innovative new ways to use them. If you missed the conference, don't sweat it. We've rounded up all of our favorite finds in a neat (albeit 2D) slideshow for you, so click here to see them all.
One of the most interesting things we came across at the show was Mcor Technologies‘ IRIS paper-based 3D printer, which uses regular paper as its base material rather than a plastic or a polymer. The resulting 3D models are cut out and bonded together in the machine, creating durable figures for a fraction (about 20 to 30 times cheaper) than other non paper-based machines.
If simply 3D printing on your 3D-printer isn’t enough for you, Leonar3do allows you to use a 3D mouse and 3D glasses to create your design as well.
For those of us who want to partake in all that 3D printing has to offer but don’t actually want to purchase a machine, Sculpteo is a service that allows you to upload your own designs, like this phone case, and creates them for you.
Look closely – this 3D-printed guitar body (created on a Cube X machine) hides a special surprise – the NYC skyline and other NYC landmarks tucked peek out from its red, white and blue facade.
Those who enjoy giving creepy gifts will adore 3D Systems’ new 3DMe service, which allows you to creat a 3D-printed figurine of yourself or whomever else you want to
scare present with a gift. Prices start at $64.99.
This 3D-printed pottery was definitely a first for us but seemed to be a hit at the Sculpteo booth. You can design your own pots using this app, and while they’re not made of actual clay, they do have a sandy texture that’s very similar to actual pottery without the heavy weight.
The MakerBot booth was impressive with several 3D printers all fabricating simultaneously, but what caught our eye most were these chains with interlocking components. While it mind seem like a bit of a [email protected], the chain was designed so that each link becomes an individual piece that moves freely once it’s peeled away from the build plate.
The Cubify booth really took the lead when it came to fashion-focused 3D printing with several different kinds of 3D-printed shoes. The shoes are totally wearable too though their comfort is questionable.
Also seen at the Cubify booth? A 3D-printed belt and 3D-printed purse to go with those 3D-printed shoes!
For the rest of our pics from the show visit our Flickr stream here.