3D printing

Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Cincinnati Library's 3-D printer churning out models

Library patron Randall Bolton checks out the new 3D printer.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Just three weeks into the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County's first 3D printer and patrons have designed, copied and printed plenty.

The fifth-generation MakerBot is in the Tech Center on the second floor of the downtown library. It's available by reservation by the hour. Right now, while in beta testing, it is free.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

GE facility gives glimpse of 3D printer future

This 3D printer uses metal powder to build thin layers using a laser.
GE Aviation

GE Aviation has so much faith in 3D printing that it will soon relocate its Sharonville facility to a much larger space. GE bought what used to be called Morris Technologies in 2012. Morris was the first to introduce 3D metallic based technology to North America.

The technology works by taking a very fine grain metal powder and thinly layering it using a laser. This is different than taking solid material and subtracting it to make a part, like is done in machining.

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