Objet 3D Printers Create A Functioning Keyboard In One Print Job

    March 6, 2013
    Zach Walton
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We’ve already seen what Objet’s multi-material 3D printers can do, but it’s always nice to see Objet pushing the boundaries of what its Connex printers can accomplish.

In today’s demonstration, the Objet Connex 3D printer has created a keyboard replica. The amazing part about this particular print job is that the keys didn’t have to be printed separately and inserted into the keyboard. Everything was created in a single print, further demonstrating the power of Objet’s Connex line of 3D printers.

Of course, these keyboards can’t actually connect to a PC as they are only plastic prototypes. Real keyboards will have to be produced via traditional means until 3D printers can start creating circuitry. Until then, we’re left with a promising, but currently useless, tech demo of what’s to come in the world of 3D printing.

  • Earlich McBean

    What do the printed keyboards taste like? Is it possible to control the flavor of the plastic using some kind of flavoring agent during the printing process? Is it possible to put odorant into the plastic to make it small like like pussy? This way you can get pussy odor on fingers when typing. Would be a great marketing feature.

  • http://www.cartridgeexpress.net John Paul

    If it was all printed in one go, does this mean that the key’s will not press down, It looks like they do but can not see how.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      The keys do indeed press down. The Objet Connex can print objects in such a way that the space required for the keys to press down is implemented into the design from the start.