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Monday, December 12, 2005

Rapid Protyping with 3D Printers

Future products may be developed not on the drafting board or even a CAD computer screen, but on three-dimensional "printers." A company called 3D Systems has developed a system for producing prototypes that are elegant, completely functional, and that could not have been developed any other way.

Recently, the company teamed up with students from the Design Products Department of the Royal College of Art in London to put 3D prototyping through its paces. The group created games, toys and even a fully functional gun. A collection of photos of the prototypes is available on Flickr.

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