We all have those items where a piece has broken off, or a remote control where the battery cover is broken or lost, a kids toy which has a broken piece after the dog got a hold of it. These parts are not replaceable and so we have to live with the broken bits or discard the item. But what if there was a way to simply reproduce just that items that was broken ?
This is where the home 3D printing market is coming into its own.The 3D printing was only accessible to large corporations and universities, however as technology has evolved, 3D printing are being sold at retailers for the general public.
Rectron, has become the distributor for the well known MakerBot 3D printers and from 15th of December 2014, the range of printers will be available from Dion Wired.
I caught up with Bruce Bradford, group business unit manager, printer category at Rectron to understand why they chose MakerBot for the African market:
Being able to bring an object from a drawing to life right from a computer has captured the imagination of millions. Inventors, teachers, engineers are now able to explain their ideas and concept by holding a physical object instead of pointing to a PowerPoint presentation of a diagram.
What I like about MakerBot is that you don’t have to design everything from scratch. Simply connect to Thngieverse where there are over 700 000 3D designs which have been uploaded and categorised. Browse through the items, find the one you want and simply send it to your MakerBot printer.
With MakerBot there is even a mobile app that allows you to keep an eye on the printer as it updates you on the progress of the print-job.