Today I saw 3D printing in action for the first time at the GE Garage set up at 4th and Guadalupe.
Innovators hard at work
They were giving a demo of the MakerBot Replicator which is a small home model of 3D printer.
The MakerBot Replicator
While we were there they were creating/printing a gear for a robot which will take 2 hours to print.
Close ups of the MakerBot printing a gear for a robot
This is the “ink” that the MakerBot uses, biodegradable plastic cord
Here’s some other stuff the created by the MakerBot.
An orange hand making the OK sign
A T Rex
The GE Garage was really cool and worth checking out. The people working there were real helpful and nice. I also learned that permanent GE Garages exist in San Francisco and Brooklyn where you pay a monthly fee to use their 3D printers and other cool equipment. Ideas can be taken from design to prototype in a few hours. So keep your eyes and ears open because they plan to open a GE Garage right here in Austin by the end of the year!