The Makerbot 3D printer arrived at work last week. Now assembled, it has printed a couple of test-snakes, a test-Millennium Falcon, and a test-project logo.
It has also destroyed two of its three plastic conveyor belts (tip: don't try to print at a z-coordinate less than zero).
The snake shown here (about 11cm, or 4.5", long) took about 20 minutes to print.
There has been lots of hype about 3D printers, so I was not expecting the surprising feeling I got when I picked up the plastic snake. It's tougher than I expected (although I have now broken it, of course...), and yet it's flexible. And the resolution is better than I was expecting.
Forget jet packs. This is the 21st century.