Clint Milby’s latest article, ‘Dawn Of The Replicator’, now available in the latest issue of HDVideo Pro!
The article addresses the growing 3D printing industry and its uses for filmmaking, mostly in the form of printed support gear. It draws attention to several uses, such as the emergence of the iOgrapher from David Basulto, a iPad case with handles and several 1/4-20 mounts and a lens holder.
There’s also the ‘Pinhole, Printed’, a pinhole camera that buyers can either print themselves (meaning no shipping for those with a 3D printer) or have printed and shipped to them. It’s exactly as it sounds: a pinhole camera, that also comes in a panoramic version. Buyers simply put the few pieces together and they have a 3D printed camera.
Finally, what seems to be a large sub-market of 3D printing is GoPro accessories. Many people are printing simple replacement parts, such as clasps and back plates, whereas others are getting more creative, providing new mounting options and accessories not even available to the mainstream consumer.
All in all, the whole scenario seems to be becoming more and more grassroots, much like our very own DSLR revolution years back. Only time will tell how much this “new” technology will impact our industry.
You can find a snip from the article below, but be sure to read the whole thing in the recent issue of HDVideo Pro magazine, or online at www.HDVideoPro.com
Three years ago at CES, pundits of the 3D printing industry declared that everyone will have a 3D printer in their home in the near future. Since that time, manufacturers of these devices switched their R&D and marketing efforts to make more consumer-friendly printers. Just in the past year, 3D printers have vastly improved, boasting faster speeds and the ability to use a variety of new raw materials, including various plastics, steel, silver, brass, bronze, sandstone and ceramics.
Despite all of these changes, most of what we’ve seen from these devices are simple household models: soap dishes, ornaments and cup holders. That’s not all that’s out there, but it points to 3D printing’s biggest limitation, which is its inability to print complex machines and moving parts. If your aim is to create something with multiple parts, they must be printed one piece at a time and then assembled.
But even with its limitations, filmmakers have adopted this new technology to create some impressive imaging tools and accessories.