Roland DG iModela/iCreators

By - October 28th, 2011

Roland DG iModela/iCreators
Desktop fabrication – or 3D printing – has long been touted as the next milestone in the tinkerer/hacker revolution. The goal is to bring 3D fabrication into home workshops, giving creators and inventors an immediate and (relatively) low-cost means to produce widgets and gadgets – the same way that home computers spawned a generation of profound inventions. Once exclusive to prototype labs, 3D fabrication, printing, and milling now seem poised to make a real foray into consumer-grade applications, with products like the http://rolanddg.com/news/nr111005_im-01.html”>iM-01 iModela, from Roland DG. http://rolanddg.com/”>Roland DG (a branch of the Roland Corporation, known for it’s music synthesizers), has over 25 years of industrial milling and production experience, so this new desktop size machine is a natural progression of making the means easier to acquire. From a machine that easily fits on a desktop, crafters, inventors, and artisans can create 3D shapes, patterns, and designs, out of a variety of materials including wood, foam, and plastic. The iModela connects to a computer via USB, and from there, it’s up to your imagination. We can’t quite say that home fabrication is a reality yet – the iModela is more of a digital hobby mill. But even so, it’s easy to imagine all kinds of new possibilities in collectible vinyl (or bootlegged Be@rbricks…). Even if this isn’t your thing, check out the relatively insane promo video that Roland DG has put together after the jump, if only for the touch-tone pop soundtrack.

Roland DG iModela/iCreators

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