The College just purchased a new 3d printer and a laser engraver. I'll just give a brief overview of the two, and i'd love to get some feedback about the products.
Dimension SST -
Here is a great video about how the machine works more or less:
Basically, they probably spent around 35k for it, and as I understand it, ZCorp makes better printers for comparable prices. Any thoughts?
As far as the laser engraver goes, they bought this one:
Now, for those of you who don't know, a laser engraver is primarily used to do just that... engrave stuff... stuff like custom pens, keychains, pen holders, paperweights... you get the idea.
Nowhere in that short list do you see any immediate architectural uses. This is about as far as the company goes to list archiectural uses on their site:
and that first one looks like a 3d rendering more than a built model. I understand it has the ability to cut out pieces that could be used to build a model, but for 27,000 dollars I think they could have bought another 3d printer and been better off. maybe a ZCorp to compliment the Dimension.
Well, that's the jist of it. I'm not sure who will even get to use the equipment at first, but I'm ready to try it out. If anything the laser engraver ought to be great at cutting out circles from matte board or something like that. We'll see...