3D printing facilitates rapid prototyping by allowing designers and engineers to create real copies of a design. However, once a change is needed, the entire model has to be scrapped and printed from scratch.
Researchers at Cornell have created an incremental modelling and design prototype that allows the user to design 3D models digitally and have a low-fidelity model printing in parallel.
Users can actually remove the physical 3D part from the printer to check the design and replace it afterward to continue the process.
“We are going from human-computer interaction to human-machine interaction,” said graduate student Huaishu Peng