A Cheaper Alternative to 3D Printing

March 19, 2012

With so much attention being given to 3D printing lately, it is still an expensive option for most people. I came across Roland’s new iModela 3D mill, which can mill small objects up to 8.6cm x 5.5cm x 2.6cm—allowing users to make their own 3D objects at home. Users are able to mill out of materials such as wax, foam, balsa wood, and plastics.

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Currently, the iModela sells for around $900. Though this may have limitation in precision size and material, it could be the perfect solution for smaller companies and students. You can read more about the product here, as well as watch the video below.

Written By: Jung Chei, Industrial Designer

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