What did your notebook look like when you were in high school? Has it been full of drawings? Well, you’ve not been the only one. Whether you’ve been very good at drawing or not, one thing is for certain: machines will always defeat you. A user at Lulzbot called ‘bam’, recently came up with an interesting forum thread, in which the user showed what kinds of drawings a 3D printer can produce. The results are astonishing.
The general idea is that if you put a pen on a 3D printer and give the machine the right printing orders, it will be able to create a drawing as accurate as possible. Humans are simply unable to perform a drawing as detailed and fine-structured as a machine can do. By letting your 3D printer create a drawing, it is basically like 2D printing, but the benefit of this approach is that it could give users “a lot more choices of ink and paper for good old 2D printing,” says the mysteriously named user.
Is this just another geeky invention? Well, so much is for sure, but the interesting thing about this is that 3D printers can be so accurate that they can be used for a wide variety of things, such as drawing. This, however, is not a revolutionary use of 3D printing, because the exact same thing has already been done lots of times with sand and technical museums make good use of such printers.
For drawing artists, though, this might not be the best possible development, because when machines can do the same thing for free, what would you need a real drawing for anymore? On the other hand: what might be missing with these computer drawings is a ‘soul’. Nevertheless, it’s surely interesting to look at and it even becomes more exciting while looking at the 3D printer while it’s doing its job. There is a little video, in which a 3D pen printer is shown while drawing, and what it does is drawing a robot in a highly accurate way.