How the 3D printing revolution is changing the way we print and play video games
3D printed dice are getting a new lease on life in the world of gaming, and they look to be just as awesome as the ones in your old 3D printer.
In a video published to YouTube on Wednesday, a group of 3D printers that have been built for the first time in a factory in Russia, Russia’s largest 3D market, show off their creations.
“The idea behind the printers is that they are very, very thin,” said Dmitry Beketov, who has designed several 3D-printed toys.
“They’re very lightweight, they’re very light, they can print almost anything.
So, they really do take the printing process from being something that takes two weeks and a few hours to a process that takes six days, or even a day.
And it is very cheap.
The cost per part, the parts per kilogram, is extremely low.
They’re very cheap.”
Beketova told Tech Insider that the printers are also quite durable.
“Our first prototypes are very good,” he said.
“We tested them for one week in a very small environment and then we sent them to another manufacturer for further testing.”
The first batch of printers was created by an artist named Nikolay Alekseyev, who is based in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The first printers were created to test the printing technology, which Alekseev is developing with the support of a $15 million grant from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Alekashev said the printers were made with “a lot of trust in the 3d printer itself.”
Alekseyedev’s project also included the 3-D printing of a pair of game-playing figurines.
One was designed with a stylus, which is a bit like an ink jet printer, to be used for creating 3D models.
The other game-related object was designed to have a 3D shape.
“This 3D object, which was printed by a 3-d printer on a laser and then scanned onto the plastic, is about 10 centimeters high, and it’s very flexible,” Alekayev said.
The figurine is about 4.5 centimeters long.
Alekays work on a project in which he’s printing “three-dimensional figures” with the help of a 3d scanner.
Aleks work on the project, which he hopes to complete in five years, with a 3DPrinting machine.
“In three years time, it will be possible to print 3D figurines,” Aleks project description said.
The 3D Printers’ ability to print objects of such high quality, and the relatively low cost of the machines, made Aleks hopes for the machines to eventually make 3D printable objects as affordable as plastic.
“I think this technology can be the foundation for all kinds of projects,” Alekin said.
Aleks project is a partnership between his firm and a 3rd party company called Digital ArtWorks.
The company’s printers are made by 3D Systems, a company that Alekaseyev founded in the early 2000s, and are based in the United States.
Alekin told TechCrunch that 3D prints will eventually be available in “a couple of years” for everyone to use.
“We will start manufacturing 3D objects in this country in the next two years,” Aleakayev told Tech Crunch.
“I think that by then, 3D will be available to everybody, and 3D parts will be cheap enough to be a standard part for almost everything.”