A few years ago we ran an article about the future of 3D printing, and how it could eventually end up as a consumer-grade possibility. Price-wise, this may still be restricted to small businesses at best, but 3D printing is a reality today.
Enter the Alaris 30 by Objet, an Israeli company that specializes in photopolymer jetting. Quite a mouthful, but it’s the heart of what makes 3D printing possible. The Alaris 30 is geared towards creating highly accurate prototypes, at 600 x 600 dpi, 28u layer thicknesses, and up to 11.5 x 7.7 x 5.9 inches in size.
I had a chance to examine one of the showcase example models (the car – pictured), and was quite impressed by the level of detail, not to mention that the model included working mechanical parts.
The printer itself would fit on a large desk quite easily and really isn’t that big when you consider its capabilities.