MGX 3D Printed Goods Almost Has it

.MGX is is Materialise's fancy design label for 3D printed furniture and lamps. Their flagship store is in Brussels’ exclusive Sablon district, and it contains three-dimensional goods printed with rapid prototyping technology from CAE/CAD files from the company's designers. Ideally, you could design your own goods, upload your CAE/CAD file and they would use their rapid prototyping technology to produce it for you on the spot.


(i.Materialise .MGX store with 3D goods)

Whether you are an individual, passionate by design, a professional architect or somebody who likes to try-out new technologies, i.materialise enables you to create and 3D print your own designs.

By bringing high-quality 3D printing within everybody’s reach, i.materialise offers imaginative people unique possibilities to turn their creative ideas into reality. At the same time, i.materialise, dares to challenge their customers, to surpass themselves, and to surprise the people around them.

Make your own interior objects: lamps, vases, ornaments, … design and 3Dprint a scale model of your new house … or even experiment with garments. With 3D printing you create your own world around you.

.MGX almost has this right. In All Tomorrow's Parties, a 1999 novel by William Gibson, we see the final version of the .MGX story. In the novel, the Lucky Dragon chain of convenience stores had found a way for you to get practically anything you wanted in any of their stores. You request it and they make a 3D perfect copy for you, while you wait:

And finally the manager comes and reads from a notebook, ladies and gentlemen, this momentous occasion, jaw, jaw, and now they are placing the first object in the unit in our Singapore branch (Boomzilla sees on TV, out on the pylon, it's a gold statue of the Lucky Dragon himself, smiling) and it will now be reproduced, at a molecular level, in every branch of our chain throughout the world.
(Read more about Gibson's nanofax)

And don't you wish your iPad printed to a Zprinter 350 Full-Color 3D Printer ?

From i.Materialise via BoingBoing.

Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 12/19/2010)

Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.

| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |

Would you like to contribute a story tip? It's easy:
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add it here.

Comment/Join discussion ( 3 )

Related News Stories - (" Manufacturing ")

A 'Genuine Nanorobotic Production Factory'
'Microscopic machinery, smaller than ants, smaller than pins, working energetically, purposefully - constructing something...' - Philip K Dick, 1955.

Made In Space To Manufacture Optical Fiber In Orbit
'Mass-produced only in the orbiting factories...' - Arthur C. Clarke, 1978.

Self-Assembling Bacteria Build A Pressure Sensor
Nature is a master of fabricating structured materials consisting of living and non-living components.

Artificial Spider Silk
You can also use it to make a roof - on an asteroid.

 

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

 

Current News

Spicy Tomatoes Created With Genetic Engineering
How about mashed potatoes and brown gravy?

Driverless Hotel Rooms Predicted In 1828
'Did you never see a moving house before?'

Yandex Self-Driving Taxi Is Very Smooth
'The big car was slowing down, its computer brain sensing an exit ahead.'

Shrimp Actually Made Of Algae Is A New Wave Food
Bring in that crop algae.

Cosplay Style Wings Could Work On Moon
'They're lovely! - titanalloy struts as light and strong as bird-bones...'

Tesla Model 3 Has Outside Speaker Grille
Robert Heinlein does it again.

Arizona Luddites Attack Self-Driving Vehicles
'Trucks don't drive by themselves...' Or do they?

Organaut! Russians 3D Print Living Tissue In Space
'For a while your colonists will have to come up [to orbit] to the Hospital...'

WINE Spacecraft To Extract Water From Asteroids
'Yes, strangely enough there was still sufficient water beneath the surface of Vesta.'

Japanese Swordsmiths Take On Asteroids
'... a tiny, rocket-powered projectile, drove towards the mysterious bulk.'

Saturn's Rings To Vanish, Let's Mine Them While We Can
'...the valuable shards of what had once been satellites.'

Humans Could Take Up A LOT Less Space
We'd have a lot more room for gardening...

Implosion Fabrication Shrinks 3D Objects To Nanoscale
'Carter had watched miniaturization a hundred times...'

GMO Houseplant Cleans Your Air
Removes compounds too small to be captured by a HEPA filter.

Nova Meat Can 3D Print Your Dinner
Printing out chicken nuggets.

MIT Scientists Create 'Peek-a-Boo Prober' From Jetsons
Well, George, it's the latest thing.

More SF in the News Stories

More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.