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October 17, 2013 AT 9:00 am

OtherMill and Digitizer Among Popular Mechanic’s “The 10 Breakthrough Products of 2013″ #3DThursday #3DPrinting

Othermill Popular Mechanics

Two 3D-related tools, the OtherMill and Digitizer, are among Popular Mechanic’s “The 10 Breakthrough Products of 2013″:

Other Machine Co. Othermill (About $1500)

Desktop manufacturing isn’t limited to 3D printers. The Othermill brings affordability—and portability—to computer-controlled milling with a three-axis machine that’s smaller than a toaster oven and about as quiet to operate. The mill uses standard ⅛-inch shank bits, such as those used by Dremel rotary tools, to cut away layers of metal, wood, wax, and plastic from above. Thanks to high tolerances of up to 0.001 inch, it’s well-suited for creating electronic and mechanical prototypes.

Read more about Othermill.

Makerbot Digitizer 3D Scanner ($1400)

One of the companies that made it easy to turn data into matter with 3D printing is making it just as easy to turn matter into data with a 3D scanner. The Digitizer creates a high-resolution 3D image of any object that fits within its 8 x 8 x 8–inch scan space, and then turns it into a virtual 3D model for editing and printing. At $1400, the Digitizer costs a fraction of the price of industrial scanners and can sit on a desktop. When used with a 3D printer—such as its sister product, the Replicator 2—it effectively becomes a Xerox copier for solid objects.

Read more about the MakerBot Digitizer.

Makerbot Digitizer 3D


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