I wish Objet had sent me a working unit of their new “desktop-sized” Alaris 30 3-D printer, but instead I got a box with a tiny car that had been printed on the machine inside. It’s pretty impressive, though, with working gears and moving parts that were presumably all printed in one piece, not reassembled after the fact.
Despite asking, Objet wouldn’t send me a unit out with which to print a few thousand 3D duplicates of my face with penises for eyes, so if your Christmas morning has been diminished you can blame them. They also probably don’t just ship out $40,000 rapid prototyping machines to just any random pervert.
That 3D printers are getting smaller and relatively less expensive is exciting, though. It’ll be another decade — barring DIY solutions like Rep Rap, of course – before we’re really using these in homes, but it’s coming!
Alaris30 Desktop 3D Printer product page [Objet.com]