The Consumer Electronics Show is a huge event for people around the world. It’s hosted by the Consumer Technology Association and held in January at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It gives product manufacturers, designers, and developers a chance to showcase their newest products and technologies, and this year, 3D printing was a big part of the show.
Prime Focuses at This Year’s Event
Technology is a huge focus right now. In fact, people around the world have come to depend on it in their cars, in their pockets, and even in their healthcare. The CES focused on new technologies that will soon add to the Internet of Things, including things like smart watches and other wearables. The event also focused heavily on virtual and augmented reality, which continues to gain popularity as the devices for experiencing it are becoming more affordable for consumers by the day. 3D printing even got its time in the limelight at this year’s event.
Huge Announcement: The 3D Printed Car
CES was awash this year with jaw-dropping technologies, but one of the best was the presentation of Blade, a 3D-printed car, and Dagger, a 3D-printed motorcycle. A company called Divergent designed and printed both gems, and the car had two unique displays. Those attending CES got to see the fully-functional prototype as well as the 3D-printed frame. Divergent says they are aiming for sustainability in the car manufacturing industry. They pointed out that the cars themselves are becoming more energy-efficient and sustainable, but the methods used to produce them are not. This display proved that there are sustainable ways to create almost anything with 3D printing – including a functional, drivable car.
Other companies did some unveiling at CES this year, too.
- Sculpteo – This company announced Agile Metal Technology, or AMT, which is a software suite designed to further automate much of the metal 3D printing design process.
- XYZPrinting – This Taiwanese company announced the addition of new 3D printers to their lineup, including the affordable DaVinci Nano, which costs $229.95 – making it an affordable option for most consumers.
- HP – Hewlett Packard has even gotten in on the 3D printing game. They announced their Sprout Pro, which will allow consumers to scan any object in 3D, then manipulate that object digitally before printing it in full 3D.
- T3D – This company’s introduction of the ONO smartphone 3D printer wasn’t new to everyone. It’s been on Kickstarter for quite some time. Regardless, the company announced that it’s close to manufacturing the ONO for consumer purchase. Imagine printing an object out of resin right from your smartphone!
- LulzBot – LulzBot is one of the only providers of open-source 3D printers, and they unveiled their new MOAR and MOARstruder options. They also released Cura 2, which is their latest open-source management software for 3D printers.
Although many believed that 3D printing wouldn’t be a huge part of CES this year, the dozens of new announcements proved otherwise. In the near future, people will be driving 3D printed cars or even printing scanned objects right from their smartphones.