Printder — Amazing New System Promises to Turn Your 2D Printer into a 3D Printer

What would the concept backward compatibility look like if it were applied to additive manufacturing? It may come in the form of 3D printers creating 2D prints, or, it may look like 2D printers being able to make 3D printed creations. Wait…. What? One company has recently emerged claiming to be working on that very idea.

Printder claims to be able to print 3D objects using any one of several common 2D printers. Just load your printer with their special paper and ink cartridges and your machine is ready to start 3D printing. Once your CAD file is ready, Printder’s software will slice it into layers, save it as a PDF, and then print it like any other file. Once the file is printed, place the papers in the Printder-provided paper tray and bake them in the oven. The baking process melts the ink and bonds the pages together. The final step is to place your print in water to dissolve the remaining paper and reveal the high quality 3D printed object.  The site claims that objects with sizes up to 8.5″ x 11″ x 6′ are ale to be fabricated.

This concept is not a brand new one. Five years ago, Andrew Maurer, an engineer and inventor, had also attempted to bring the 2D 3D print concept to life, and a company calledMcor Technologies actually uses a somewhat similar process, minus the baking in the oven, and on a much larger scale. … (read more)

Source: 3Dprint.com

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