MakerBot's New Composite Materials Offer 3D Printed Realism
Market leader releases new PLA-based filaments with limestone, maplewood, bronze and iron properties
In the book Who Owns the Future? author Jaron Lanier contemplates a future where our gadgets aren't manufactured but 3D printed. Leading 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot now seems to be bringing us closer to this end.
At CES 2015, the company announced new PLA-based filaments that include composites of real metal, stone and wood. Now you can print tools that not only look realistic but also perform certain functions of the manufactured items that they imitate. The composites will include limestone, maplewood, bronze, and iron.