15 May '11, 1pm
Now You Can 3D Print Ceramics At Shapeways
These little bunnies are not only cute, but they are the harbinger of things to come. They are 3D printed in ceramics in a new process: layer by layer, a binder is deposited on a bed of ceramic powder. When all the layers are printed, it is then covered with a slip and fired at high temperature in a kiln, and then glazed and fired again. Soon, if you break Grandma's precious Elizabeth-and-Phillip-got-married teacup, you will be able to sneak out and print up a replica before she notices.