Inkjet printing has allowed us to print high quality photographic images onto special purpose photographic paper by propelling tiny droplets of ink from print heads with microscopic nozzles. This consumer-level inkjet technology is constantly improving and we are seeing newer, faster and less expensive machines each year.
Available in consumer electronic stores this year, 3D printing is a process which creates three-dimensional objects from a digital file. It is achieved using ‘additive’ processes where an object is created by laying down successive layers of material.
Three-dimensional objects can be created using a computer design or via a 3D scanner. In 2010 a printer which could cost up to $20,000 is now available for just $1,500. As these costs continue to drop and the technology advances, we will see many more brands becoming available. Harvey Norman stocks the 3D Cube model pictured above.
The Cube is available at selected Harvey Norman stores for $1,499, with the material cartridges costing approximately $60 each. The Cube 2nd Gen will print up to 5.5 inches cubed and is Wi-Fi capable. Call your local Harvey Norman store now to check availability and to learn more about 3D printing.