3D Printers and the future - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

3D Printers and the future

3D Printers and the future

Posted: Updated:
abc3340.com abc3340.com
BIRMINGHAM - AL -

Imagine a printer in your home that can print a child's toy like this in a few hours?

And imagine the toy is created with moving parts! It's already reality. It comes from a 3D printer.

But the ramifications of these printers is much more than child's play. 3D printers can offer a new horizon to jobs and manufacturing. And at Shelby County School of Technology... the future is being printed before the eyes of the students.

Steve Brooks is the 3D instructor says, "Right now the sky is the limit."

Imagine a world where you go to your computer and design what you want or need that day...a house, a bow, a bolt, a gear for a fishing knife.... that happened at the Shelby County School of Technology.

Steve Brooks says, "I am very excited it allows kids to see what they can imagine they can hold it in their hands after a couple of days."

In a short time, a 3d printer prints layer upon layer... you can have everything from a wrench to a bow in your hands, perhaps even in your own home.

"If you can draw it or design it we can print it." Brooks said.

Dr. Kenneth Sloan at UAB is developing some amazing capabilities by 3D printers.

Dr. Sloan says, "This is a fully functional rubrics cube. Interlocked in a way well this can't be taken apart."

3D printers can print objects with moving parts, layer upon layer.

"The main use of this technology is doing prototyping. We have an item that's going into space after it's made out of aluminum." Sloan said.

This cup holder prototype for experiments in outer space cost a fraction of the cost to make on this printer. Scientists and developers believe there is nothing a 3D printer can't do.

Here's how it basically works.... an image is either scanned with a laser or mathematically loaded into a computer before the computer sends the image to the printer where it pushes out layer upon layer of plastic to create the item.

Right now, most of these 3D printers use plastic, but some are printing with metal.

Printing a gun that fires has already happened, and the government has already restricted the distribution of the code that allows others to share the printed gun. Gun parts such as magazines have also already been printed and tested.

Students in Shelby County are finding out that the possibilities are endless.

Some people already have 3D printers, a technology that has existed since the 1970's, at home with the cost starting at around $1,500.

Right now, developers are beginning to use the printers to print houses, buildings and even human body parts.

 

 

  • Central Alabama NewsMore>>

  • Firefighters Trying to Fix Gas Leak

    Firefighters Trying to Fix Gas Leak

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-07-22 11:37:18 GMT
    Birmingham, Ala. _ Firefighters are trying to fix a gas leak at a building in Birmingham. The call came in just before 6:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. The building is located at 3424 6th Avenue South. We have a crew on the way and will give you more information once it becomes available.More >>
    Birmingham, Ala. _ Firefighters are trying to fix a gas leak at a building in Birmingham. The call came in just before 6:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. The building is located at 3424 6th Avenue South. We have a crew on the way and will give you more information once it becomes available.More >>
  • Missing swimmer sought in rough surf on Alabama coast

    Missing swimmer sought in rough surf on Alabama coast

    Monday, July 21 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-07-21 18:21:22 GMT
    Authorities are looking for a swimmer who's missing in dangerous surf on the Alabama coast. Gulf Shores police received a distress call about a male juvenile who was in distress in the water about 4 p.m. Sunday. The search had to be suspended after about three hours because of rough surf and fading light. The Gulf Shores Police Department says the search resumed Monday. A dive team is in the water looking for the missing person. The weather service says there's currently a high risk of danger...More >>
    Authorities are looking for a swimmer who's missing in dangerous surf on the Alabama coast. Gulf Shores police received a distress call about a male juvenile who was in distress in the water about 4 p.m. Sunday. The search had to be suspended after about three hours because of rough surf and fading light. The Gulf Shores Police Department says the search resumed Monday. A dive team is in the water looking for the missing person. The weather service says there's currently a high risk of danger...More >>
  • MH17: International monitors trying to secure Malaysian plane crash site

    MH17: International monitors trying to secure Malaysian plane crash site

    Saturday, July 19 2014 11:29 PM EDT2014-07-20 03:29:10 GMT
    International monitors moved gingerly Saturday through fields reeking of the decomposing corpses that fell from a Malaysian airliner shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, trying to secure the sprawling site in hopes that a credible investigation can be conducted.More >>
    International monitors moved gingerly Saturday through fields reeking of the decomposing corpses that fell from a Malaysian airliner shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, trying to secure the sprawling site in hopes that a credible investigation can be conducted.
    More >>
  • Birmingham Area NewsMore>>

  • SCLC National Convention schedule

    SCLC National Convention schedule

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:00:19 GMT
    The SCLC National Convention scheduleMore >>
    The SCLC National Convention scheduleMore >>
  • DNC's first day on Birmingham site visit

    DNC's first day on Birmingham site visit

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:26 AM EDT2014-07-22 12:26:14 GMT
    It's been a full day of sightseeing for a team with the Democratic National Committee.A 12-member group is touring a variety of Birmingham hotels, attractions and venues Monday as part of a two-day site visit.Birmingham is one of five cities vying to hose the Democratic National Convention in 2016. The committee is in the Magic City to see if it has the hotel and venue space to pull off the large-scale event.ABC 33/40 went alongside the team for part of its day. Members saw the Birmingham Mus...More >>
    It's been a full day of sightseeing for a team with the Democratic National Committee.A 12-member group is touring a variety of Birmingham hotels, attractions and venues Monday as part of a two-day site visit.Birmingham is one of five cities vying to hose the Democratic National Convention in 2016. The committee is in the Magic City to see if it has the hotel and venue space to pull off the large-scale event.ABC 33/40 went alongside the team for part of its day. Members saw the Birmingham Mus...More >>
  • House on Fire in Birmingham

    House on Fire in Birmingham

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-07-22 11:37:52 GMT
     Firefighters are working to put out a house fire in Ensley. It broke out just before midnight Monday near 16th street and Avenue I. We will give you more information as soon as those details become available.More >>
     Firefighters are working to put out a house fire in Ensley. It broke out just before midnight Monday near 16th street and Avenue I. We will give you more information as soon as those details become available. More >>
  • Anniston - Gadsden Area NewsMore>>

  • Body pulled from Weiss Lake identified as missing woman

    Body pulled from Weiss Lake identified as missing woman

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:00:41 GMT
    DeKalb County sheriff's officials say a body that was pulled from Weiss Lake in Leesburg has been identified as a 20-year-old woman who was recently reported missing. Sheriff Jimmy Harris says the body of Sarah Jane Ortiz of Valley Head was found in the lake by a fisherman on Friday. Harris says the woman's body was positively identified on Monday at a forensics lab in Huntsville. Harris says Ortiz was reported missing July 16 by friends and relatives after she failed to return home on July 1...More >>
    DeKalb County sheriff's officials say a body that was pulled from Weiss Lake in Leesburg has been identified as a 20-year-old woman who was recently reported missing. Sheriff Jimmy Harris says the body of Sarah Jane Ortiz of Valley Head was found in the lake by a fisherman on Friday. Harris says the woman's body was positively identified on Monday at a forensics lab in Huntsville. Harris says Ortiz was reported missing July 16 by friends and relatives after she failed to return home on July 1...More >>
  • JSU President announces retirement

    JSU President announces retirement

    Monday, July 21 2014 3:17 PM EDT2014-07-21 19:17:37 GMT
    The longtime president of Jacksonville State University says he will retire next year. Bill Meehan told trustees that he's stepping down as of June 2015. The school announced his decision on its Facebook page. The delay in Meehan's departure provides a chance for board members to name a successor. Meehan has been president since July 1, 1999. Meehan is a Jacksonville State alumnus who started working at the school as a biology instructor. He held other positions at the northeast Alabama campu...More >>
    The longtime president of Jacksonville State University says he will retire next year. Bill Meehan told trustees that he's stepping down as of June 2015. The school announced his decision on its Facebook page. The delay in Meehan's departure provides a chance for board members to name a successor. Meehan has been president since July 1, 1999. Meehan is a Jacksonville State alumnus who started working at the school as a biology instructor. He held other positions at the northeast Alabama campu...More >>
  • Southside woman arrested for Chemical Endangerment of a Child

    Southside woman arrested for Chemical Endangerment of a Child

    Monday, July 21 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-07-21 18:50:43 GMT
    An Etowah County woman has been arrested for chemical endangerment of a child, according to Sheriff Todd Entrekin.Investigator Haydyn Hedgspeth states, “Christina Goodson Amberson, 36, of Southside, was charged on July 16 with one count of chemical endangerment of exposing a child to an environment in which controlled substances are ingested, produced or distributed, which is a felony.”Amberson admitted to using methamphetamine. She is approximately 5 months pregnant.“It is simply unacceptabl...More >>
    An Etowah County woman has been arrested for chemical endangerment of a child, according to Sheriff Todd Entrekin.Investigator Haydyn Hedgspeth states, “Christina Goodson Amberson, 36, of Southside, was charged on July 16 with one count of chemical endangerment of exposing a child to an environment in which controlled substances are ingested, produced or distributed, which is a felony.”Amberson admitted to using methamphetamine. She is approximately 5 months pregnant.“It is simply unacceptabl...More >>
  • Tuscaloosa Area NewsMore>>

  • Warrants issued to arrest Forkland mayor

    Warrants issued to arrest Forkland mayor

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:24 AM EDT2014-07-22 12:24:52 GMT

    Warrants allege: Theft of Property & Tampering Govt Records

    More >>

    Warrants allege: Theft of Property & Tampering Govt Records

    More >>
  • Tuscaloosa police on the look out for a murder suspect

    Tuscaloosa police on the look out for a murder suspect

    Sunday, July 20 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-07-20 18:21:54 GMT
    At approximately1:40 am this morning Tuscaloosa Police responded to a reported shooting in the 4700 block of East McFarland Blvd (Motel 6). When officers arrived, they found the victim, 21 year old Jamarcus Marquez Roberts in his vehicle. Roberts had crashed into the shrubs at the entrance to the motel parking lot. Roberts was treated at the scene and transported to DCH-ED, however he died from his injuries. The victim appears to have been shot one time in the chest. Investigators were able t...More >>
    At approximately1:40 am this morning Tuscaloosa Police responded to a reported shooting in the 4700 block of East McFarland Blvd (Motel 6). When officers arrived, they found the victim, 21 year old Jamarcus Marquez Roberts in his vehicle. Roberts had crashed into the shrubs at the entrance to the motel parking lot. Roberts was treated at the scene and transported to DCH-ED, however he died from his injuries. The victim appears to have been shot one time in the chest. Investigators were able t...More >>
  • Tuscaloosa Police investigating a murder on East McFarland Blvd.

    Tuscaloosa Police investigating a murder on East McFarland Blvd.

    Sunday, July 20 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-20 18:09:31 GMT
    Tuscaloosa Police are investigating a murder on East McFarland Blvd. at the Motel 6.  More >>
    Tuscaloosa Police are investigating a murder on East McFarland Blvd. at the Motel 6.  More >>
Most Popular
Stories
Videos
loading...