MakerBot shows off magic of 3D printing

MakerBot shows off magic of 3D printing

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A handful of Oliver library patrons were left in awe last Friday when they were treated to a hi-tech magic show utilizing a 3D printer.

The library hosted technical assistants Heather Marnier and Seva Lynov who demonstrated a machine (MakerBot) that actually prints three-dimensional objects such as toys, tools and even body parts.

3D printing starts with a computer blueprint of an object you want to make. For example, Marnier and Lynov made a section of chain link using a spool of blue bio-plastic string that is fed through the printer, melts and creates the object in layers.

Oliver artist Leza Macdonald expressed an interest in buying one of these printers that cost approximately $3,000.

She was amazed to learn that a 3D printer can make a prosthetic arm for about $300, compared to thousands of dollars for a manufactured one.

Massive 3D printers in China are even making real, life-size houses (reportedly 10 in one day).

Technical assistants Seva Lynov (left) and Heather Marnier demonstrate a MakerBot 3D printer for curious patrons at the Oliver library. (Lyonel Doherty photo)
A youth tries one of the 3D pens to make art. (Lyonel Doherty photo)
The MakerBot completes printing a section of chain link made from plastic. (Lyonel Doherty photo)
The MakerBot completes printing a section of chain link made from plastic. (Lyonel Doherty photo)
Local artist Leza Macdonald is magically transported from a green screen photo shoot to a fantasy setting with her favourite animal – a winged horse. (Lyonel Dohery photo)
Local artist Leza Macdonald is magically transported from a green screen photo shoot to a fantasy setting with her favourite animal – a winged horse. (Lyonel Dohery photo)

 

 

 

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