January 7th to 10th 2014 marked a special few days in the electronics’ world as these were the days when the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for 2014 was held. The show was held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Normally the Consumer Electronics Show has always been the event many people long to go to in order to see amazing electronic innovations from all over the world.
And the 2014 Las Vegas CES did not disappoint as once again it proved to be the global platform for impressive innovations. CES was produced and is owned by the Consumers Electronics Association (CEA).
However despite there being a myriad of stunning innovations being introduced to consumers at the 2014 CES, the 3D printing Techzone was the section that really got to the heart of consumers. Additive manufacturing has been quickly gaining popularity with quite a number of advancements constantly being done to make the technology go mainstream.
Now, as if providing a clear proof of the undisputed popularity of additive manufacturing across the world, this year’s CES had the largest 3D printing zone ever. If numbers are anything to go by; compared to last year’s 3D printing Techzone which sold out approximately 3000 net square feet, a 25% increase in demand for exhibitor space was evident in the 2014 CES.
To add to that, according to the president of CEA Gary Shapiro, there were about 28 additive manufacturing exhibitors at the 2014 CES which is a significant increase considering that there were only 8 exhibitors in the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. Some of the top exhibitors at the 2014 CES were MakerBot, 3D Systems, Stratasys and Sculpteo just to shortlist a few.
With so much attention drawn towards the 3D printing technology, a bigger Techzone had to be reserved for it at the CES as numerous manufacturers and electronic companies were there to show consumers all the creative innovations they had in store for them in 2014. Kazuo Kirai, Sony’s Chief Executive, was the one who opened the show.
New High-End 3D Printers
Some of the major innovations which were being showcased at the 2014 CES included exhibits of new high-end printers that will be introduced to the market in the course of the year. All kinds of printers were displayed at the show from those that can print toys to others which can be used to print more complex products.
Nonetheless the center stage was occupied by food printing 3D printers. It is quite fascinating to be able to quickly and easily print products or toys that you have just designed from your computer using CAD software. Printing food however brings an even greater thrill and appeal.
So far, the types of food creating 3D printers that were being advertised at the international 2014 CES were those capable of creating Sugar and Chocolate Confectioneries. Other 3D printers at the show which were equally amazing included:
10 Item MakerBot 3D Printer
The MakerBot Z18 won the admiration of many consumers and 3D enthusiasts because it could print as many as 10 items at once, making it the perfect 3D printer to go for especially if your company usually has to process a lot of 3D printing orders.
This giant printer had a massive build volume of 12 × 12 × 18 inches and came with a wide range of intriguing features such as Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB ports and a built-in camera.
CubePro 3D Printer
3D Systems arrived with its own new printer at the show, the CubePro 3D Printer. This printer allows one to print while on the go thanks to its Cubify app for Android, iOS and Windows Phone. The printer additionally comes with ultra high resolution settings which enable you to print up to 75 micron thin layers.
CubePro 3D Printer is moreover the sole hobbyist printer that can Print 3D Designs in Different Colors using multiple printing materials and providing a rather large printing capacity at 10.8 × 10.45 × 9.5 inches.
ChefJet and ChefJet Pro are two unique 3D printers that were brought to the 2014 Las Vegas CES, which can give users the ability to create food. The main difference between the two is that ChefJet is only capable of single color, single flavour food printing with an overall build volume of 8 × 8 × 6 inches. On the other hand, ChefJet Pro allows for full color, Multi Flavour Food Printing with dimensions of up to 10 × 14 × 8 inches.
RoBo 3D R1
Unlike most of the new 3D printers which were being advertised at the international 2014 CES, RoBo 3D R1 is among the few desktop 3D printers at the show that were really affordable going for about $799. Besides, this printer offers a large build volume of 10 × 9 × 8 inches alongside high resolution settings of up to 100 Micron Thin Printing Layers.
Kevvox Desktop 3D Printer
The Kevvox Desktop 3D Printer is a printer that will be hugely helpful to professional designers in different industries such as in the Medical Field, architecture and even in the Beauty and Fashion area for instance in making jewellery. It uses Direct Light Processing (DLP) and is designed with top notch software which gives it the inimitable ability to print items using three different types of materials. These materials are durable, heat resistant and wax-like.
MakerBot Replicator Mini
The MakerBot Replicator Mini is 2014’s MakerBot ‘gift’ to parents who would like their kids to Learn About 3D Printing from an Early Age. This is a small printer that can be used to print toys among other items less than 5 inches tall.
The Engine is a 3D printer made by Hydrel 3D that has a fairly large build volume of 8 × 8 × 8 inches and has an LCD Touchscreen. This is a good choice of 3D printer to go for if you would like to print your 3D models from particular materials like PLA, rubber, nylon or porcelain.
Other advanced 3D printers that were displayed at the show included models such as Pegasus Touch SLA 3D Printer, Robox and Bukito. And this just a fraction of the incredible 3D innovations that were shown at the 2014 CES!
Consequently if for some reason you were not there and would like to follow up on all the 3D exhibits that took place, this is a good time to check out the International Consumer Electronics Show online.
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