SCIENCE CAN BE MAGICAL.
This is truly awesome.
The DreamVendor is the brainchild of Dr. Chris Williams, Director of Virginia Tech’s DREAMS Lab, and student Amy Elliot, who led the design. “We wanted an experience where someone could walk up and use a 3-D printer without having to worry about anything besides loading a file and selecting ‘Print,’” says Williams.
When it comes to 3D Printing, Objet is continuing to set the standard when it comes to material options and flexibility. With the addition of a new High Temperature Material, this brings the choice to well over 60 different material options available for their line of 3D Printers—not to mention the transparent VeroClear, and ABS-like digital material, bio-compatiblematerial and the rigid and opaque VeroWhitePlus. With this newest addition the actual possibility of functional testing and real world applications has broken through to an incredible new level.
High Temperature Material or (RGD525) combines two areas that are vital when it comes to testing prototypes thermal resistance and dimensional stability. As this new material is fully capable of simulating the thermal performance of engineering plastics it is ideal for testing of static parts. The High Temperature Material has an initial heat deflection temperature of 63-67 °C (145-153 °F) when removed from the printer but through some post processing it can be increased to 75-80 °C (167-176 °F).
Look at your computer setup and imagine that you hooked up a 3D printer. Instead of printing on bits of paper this 3D printer makes real, robust, mechanical parts. To give you an idea of how robust, think Lego bricks and you’re in the right area. You could make lots of useful stuff, but interestingly you could also make most of the parts to make another 3D printer. That would be a machine that could copy itself.