3D Maker for Molecules
So this is the new MakerBot at Kenyon’s Science Complex. The blue-and-white thing looks blurred because it is vibrating so fast, printing out the pink polyedron. The pink stuff enters as a fiber of plastic down the right-hand tube, which comes from a coil of pink plastic behind. We plan to use this machine to make models of molecules and cells, along the lines of Brett Barney at Thingiverse.
The machine reminds me of my first IBM PC printer back in the 80s, full of whirring parts sliding on metal rods. But it’s definitely the way of the future. Someday soon, everything will be made this way, from candy to jet planes.