I spent Wednesday afternoon buzzing the 3D printing section of CES 2014 and thought I would share a little. There were plenty of cool innovations, but I will best remember two things: MakerBot and 3D Systems have made great strides in consumer product aesthetics, and a lot of printers out there are bigger than I realized.
Above is a photo of Michael Schmidt, known in 3D printing circles for the famous Dita Dress, in the 3D Printlife booth. On the table in front of him is a Hyrel engine, which is larger than I expected it to be. In fact, this is the Hyrel 3D printer that will be given to some lucky attendee at the 3D Printer World Expo in Burbank, Calif., Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2014, where a printer is being given away every hour.
Here we see the new 3D Systems CubeJet Prototype. In my opinion, this one is a game changer. It has Z Corp roots. That's right. You are looking at a full color, desktop version of one of these bad boys. Quality full color for five grand. Developments like this will blur the line between professional and personal in the coming years. Now all I have to do is convince the 3DPW boss that writers produce better articles when one of these things is humming in the background.
It's bigger than I would have expected. I didn't have a tape measure with me, but I would guess it is at least 30 inches wide and 24 inches tall – probably more. It was larger than any personal class printer on the floor. The only thing bigger was 3D Systems new CeraJet ceramic printer, which had so many people hovering around it, I couldn't get a decent photo of the front, so on the next page, you'll see it from the side.