MakerBot launches Thing-O-Matic 3D printer: Lets guess how it works

Have a look at this image of MakerBot‘s Thing-O-Matic 3D printer(via Engadget):

Honestly speaking, I couldn’t clearly get how this 3D printer works from the above image alone. But from the image which is shared with you, I think the process goes like this:

The printer is ordered to print (in this case fabricate) any three dimensional real life object. The object is fed to it (or placed near the device) so that it can have a look at it from all directions. And just like a 2D printer prints a 2D object—image, document on a 2D media a paper; this 3D printer prints a 3D object in a 3D media-plastic, clay etc (anything that can be molded).

But although many among us will assume that to accomplish the task, the device is considering all the three dimensions simultaneously; then I think, they will be wrong. Although the device is making a 3D copy of a 3D object, it’s still considering only two dimensions at a time—Length-breadth, or breadth-height or height-length. The task is accomplished layer by layer either vertically or horizontally. The image below will make the explanation more clear:

With MakerBot ‘s Thing-O-Matic 3D printer, 3D printing or fabrication is coming within the reach of any PC user.

Thing-O-Matic, an appropriate name given that it produces things and does so automatically. The device connects via USB, like any self-respecting printer these days, and has a price tag of $1,225. --------

1 comment

Unknown said...

It's vertical. The z-stage is hidden behind the top right front of the bot. If the rabbit was only half finished, you'd see it moving left-right front-back a lot and the z-stage moving up every layer.