Boise Weekly began the year by examining 3-D printers and Idaho's burgeoning community of men and women who have been building the wondrous innovations.
"Absolutely; there are a lot of us building 3-D printers in Boise," said David Ultis, general manager of Boise's Reuseum and Idaho's go-to guru on all things 3-D. "It flowered like a tree, starting out with one design, then three, then 40. Thousands and thousands and thousands of 3-D objects can be downloaded and printed in your own home."
In fact, Ultis and his colleagues were commissioned by the Idaho Commission for Libraries to build 3-D printers for a number of Idaho community libraries, which have begun being unveiled throughout the Gem State.
"I typically ask for about six weeks to fully assemble and calibrate a new 3-D printer," Ultis told BW. "But we did all five of these in five weeks."
And now, The New York Times reported this week that 3-D printing is moving closer to the mainstream after this month's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas dedicated an entire section of its exhibit hall to 3-D printers, specifically showcasing plug-and-play models from Makerbot, 3DSystems and RoBo3D. A company called Matterform also unveiled a 3-D scanner, making it easy to replicate objects by scanning and then printing them.