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Originally published December 26, 2011 at 8:00 PM | Page modified December 27, 2011 at 12:26 PM University of Washington professor Mark Ganter sees the future, and it's printing apple pies. And maybe vital organs, furniture and buildings. Ganter experiments with using alternative materials to print three-dimensional objects, part of growing efforts to make 3-D printing more diverse and accessible to consumers.
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 07, 2011
For everyone that's asking, to think of it in the simplest form, a 3D printing is really just like 2D printing, but adding height to the length and width dimensions. So basically, the way it works is the 3D printer takes a model (most CAD tools will work), and it "prints" one layer at a time. So imagine taking your model (in this case, the turrets), and slicing them into tons of super thin slices along the Z/Height axis.
As soon as you see these little RC Koopa shells, you know that life can't be that bad.
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