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Foam Printer prints out clouds at IFA

Okay, I will have to admit that I don’t have much on this from my Source, but this video utterly sold me.

This video was taken at IFA in Berlin, and done with some sort of printer that has this unusual ability to create 3D shapes such as logos, and then they will float off. You will note how the letters seem to magically rise from the foam and have to be “cut off” like paper in a cutter.

Sometimes, technology like this takes me by surprise. I realize that we are in an age where 3D printing is actually something that companies can buy. However, I assumed that it takes a super computer with 3D graphics capability, and these can only produce an output of very hard plastic.

The idea that you could create some things like this that would stay together and float seems pretty amazing to me. I honestly hope that this is okay for the environment.

After all, I am told that releasing helium balloons in the atmosphere is bad for Mother Earth. The only reason I know this is because I did this a few months ago to entertain my kids. When I got home, my wife told me that this probably wasn’t a good thing.

Is this foam printer technology the new releasing of colored balloons?


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2 thoughts on “Foam Printer prints out clouds at IFA”

  1. incredible technology? 3d graphics engines? or maybe just a piece of precut cardboard with a good mix of helium foam being pushed through it? That is what it looks like to me. Whether this is a marvel of technology or just an ingeniously simple device, it is really cool. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Nope, there are a bunch of different technologies out there: Fused deposition modeling (mostly plastic), Selective Laser Sintering (metals), Stereolithography (plastic) etc. and usually it just takes a laptop or desktop to generate the toolpath. Prices range from about 5k for a home model to ~1million for a full up SLS machine.

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