I have no real idea how many of you good people who read the blog have ever directly interacted with a 3D printer. I suspect some of you are just interested in seeing what additive manufacturing has to offer, or send off orders to 3D printers and see the results, rather than the process. If the idea of working directly with a 3D printer interests you, GE has announced a program that should be right up your alley.
As part of its GE Works campaign, the company has rolled out a program it calls GE Garage. Beginning on March 9, 2012 at South by Southwest (SXSW), the GE Garage program will allow people a chance to interact with MakerBot’s Replicator 3D printer, a CNC mill, laser cutter, MIG welder, injection molder, cold saw and an ironworker. All under expert supervision, naturally.
Here at Rapid Ready, we like to keep you up to date with the current state of rapid technologies, which include more than just additive manufacturing. In this case, we’d like to share a piece of subtractive technology that shows promise for industry and hobbyists alike.
The creative folks at MIT’s Responsive Environments Group have created a smart milling device they’ve dubbed the FreeD. The FreeD is a handheld tool that uses CAD files to assist in the creation of milled objects.