Blogging the Singularity » 10 fascinating facts about 3D printing

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is quickly becoming mainstream and we’re are rubbing our hands with glee at the prospect. But what’s so exciting about a technology, which some say has the potential to be as important as the Internet?

1. Well, for a start, it can print cars! The makers of the latest Bond movie, Skyfall, got German 3D printing company, Voxeljet, to knock up three 1:3 scale models of 007′s precious Aston Martin DB5 for (gulp) destruction during filming. Never mind, though—one survived, and was later sold by Christie’s for almost £100,000.

 2. Smaller but equally as suave, the world’s very first Nokia Lumia 820 shell was printed by 3D printing wizards, Makerbot just last week. The specs had been available for less than a day when the guys did what they do best, 3D magic.

via 10 fascinating facts about 3D printing – Nokia Conversations : the official Nokia blog.

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Nokia Showcases 3D Cell Phone

Nokia demonstrated a hand-held 3-D device at the 2009 Nokia World event in Stuttgart, Germany, on September 2-3. The demonstration version ran on a Nokia N810 Internet Tablet, but this is not the platform that will be used for the product’s eventual launch. The N810 had a custom-made screen made by a third-party manufacturer, and proprietary software was installed to run the display. The demonstrated technology produced a rudimentary three dimensional display that could be seen without special glasses.

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