Watch this 3D printer make a tiny Gothic cathedral

first_imgIf you haven’t seen MakerBot’s 3D printer in action, you’re missing out. The $1225 MakerBot Thing-O-Matic is a humble, almost DIY, looking device that can “print” objects up to 4x4x6-inches large automatically after you give it the necessary instructions and a spool of plastic.In the video above the Thing-O-Matic is time-lapsed while printing. The video doesn’t offer up any real surprises, but viewers will get a good look at the system in action as well as the end result, a small but accurate portrayal of a Gothic cathedral.The apparent simplicity of the Thing-O-Matic belies just how incredible of a product it actually is. After all, what else out there, for under $1500, can do something like this? You might not have any use for tiny plastic churches, but we see people making all sorts of more practical things as well, like coat hangers and bottle openers. And all of them are made exactly to the designer’s liking and on demand. Many of them even use open source instructions so that you could download the plans for, say, a chess set, and be playing the a game not long after.via Makerbot Bloglast_img read more