How to use a plasma cutter to create a 3D model of a PC component store
COMPONENTS of plasma are changing the way you make and sell your computers.
The latest iteration of the popular 3D printer, the MakerBot Replicator 2, is able to create models of hundreds of components in a fraction of the time it takes to make a 3-D model.
With the latest versions of the Makerbot Replicator 3 and 3D Studio Max, you can create a virtual 3D image of hundreds or thousands of components, including the most commonly used parts such as hard drives, power supplies, fans and cameras.
And unlike the more expensive 3D printers that use liquid resin, this new technology uses metal.
It takes a metal cutting tool with a long blade to produce a 3d model of most of the components on a computer.
“It takes less than a minute to cut a piece of metal into a 3 dimensional shape and it takes a minute and a half to print that in a CAD file,” Dr John Williams, a professor of computer science at Melbourne University and an expert in the use of 3D printing, said.
He said it could be used to create an accurate and lifelike 3D representation of the physical world.
Dr Williams said that although there were a number of advantages to this technology, there were also drawbacks.
“One of the issues is it’s not very good at being able to do it in a way that it’s going to be good for making parts,” he said.
“You can only make one copy of it.
If you’re going to do that in this machine, you have to make it into a shape that’s going be as close as possible to reality.”
The downside is that a computer could take a while to print the model, making it harder to use in the future.
But in the meantime, the technology is an exciting one that could revolutionise the way we design and build our computers and peripherals.
Dr John Williams said it would take a few years before the technology could replace the need for expensive 3-d printers.
“What you have is a very expensive 3d printer, but you don’t have to pay the extra cost,” he explained.
“So it’s quite a good price point for this technology.”
And there are some things you can do that people might not think are a lot of money, but they’re going down in the industry.
“The one big thing is that you’re not going to have to use any kind of laser cutting tool, because you’re using this technique on the metal.”
But you can use it to make the plastic parts, so you can take plastic parts and put them in the metal.
“While it was a very early prototype, Dr Williams said he believed that it was possible to print a 3 D model of the entire computer and hard drive array at the same time.”
If you had an object in a 3 dimension and you wanted to print out the whole computer array, you could,” he noted.”
Then you could do a whole model in a day or two, which would be pretty big, and you wouldn’t have the expensive 3ds that cost $10,000 each.
“In the future you could actually print out a whole computer and you would be able to get a really good 3D view of it, and that would be a very good way to sell that machine.”