3D Printing & Haptic Interaction

During a recent workshop session at Parsons, I had an opportunity to use a Sensable haptic device to "carve" a virtual cube. You use the haptic pen to interact with the virtual cube and it actually feels like you're touching a solid object. We're also using 3d software to model objects which can be printed on our 3D printers. The wrench (below) was created using 3d modeling software and "printed" as a single object – no assembly required. It's pretty easy to see where we're heading as this technology continues to get cheaper. [gallery]