3D Printing and Free Software?

Today I once again read about the probable future of additive fabrication (3d printing).

There are services offering the production of small scale objects which can be called affordable already. Maybe in a few years, the machines themselves will be affordable to enthusiasts for private use.

Game characters and toys are not everyone’s thing. More interesting would be everything that could and should be made to fit. Imagine a mouse stripped down to the technical parts, to be completed with a 3d-printed shell. You could load a freely available, parameterized model file into a CAD application and enter the measures of your hand …

Sadly we don’t even have parametric solid modeling as free / open-source software.


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I'm a designer from Germany. My main interests are visual and interaction design, free/open-source software and (electronic) music.

2 Responses to 3D Printing and Free Software?

  1. kristoffer says:

    you should check out http://www.reprap.org, a free software driven 3d printer that can print it’s own parts.

    fascinating stuff indeed!

  2. General Fabb says:

    If you’re interested in following the news on 3D Printing and digital fabrication, you might consider reading our blog at Fabbaloo or http://fabbaloo.com