New Zealanders who have a passion for 3D sailing can probably find it hard to believe the island nation is a tiny country, yet has some of the most beautiful sailing and boating picturesque scenery on Earth.
But just a short drive from the coast is an idyllic beach, a tropical lagoon, and the biggest lake in the Pacific Ocean.
It’s called Koala Island, and it is just one of the many picturesque islands in New Zealand.
Koala is a small island off the coast of New Zealand that is home to about 1,400 people.
Most of the population lives in small hamlets on the island.
One of the people who live on the tiny island of Koala has a dream.
“I’d like to sail to Europe,” says Chris Wigglesworth.
He is an entrepreneur who owns and operates a 3D printing company, and he has been sailing to Europe since 2010.
Wiggly is an avid 3D-printed modeler and modeler for the world of 3D modeling.
“The biggest challenge for me is to learn how to do a 3-D model, how to create a 3d model of the world,” he says.
“It’s really, really challenging.
And I think the biggest challenge is that you can’t do a project without a lot of experience.”
But with 3D printed models, the process is quick and easy.
The 3D modelers can print on paper, metal or plastic, and then print it in a variety of materials and colors.
It can even be printed on glass or metal.
“You can make a model out of glass and then put it in plastic and then place it in metal and it’s ready to go,” says Wiggsworth.
It all starts with the printing process.
It takes about an hour to print a 3DS camera, and a few hours to print out the 3D models.
After printing the models, Wiggsy and his team can place them on a 3DP printer.
The printer prints on metal or glass, so the models can be assembled in minutes.
Once assembled, the models are sent off to the 3DP printing company for final assembly.
“We can build them in a few minutes, then assemble them in just a few weeks,” Wigg says.
3D Printing, or 3D Print, is an industry that’s growing fast, especially for the hobbyist, according to industry expert and professor of computer science at the University of New South Wales, Dr. Andrew Lee.
“3D printing has become the new industry,” says Lee.
3DP printers can make almost anything you can imagine, but most people don’t realize how easy it is to make 3D objects, Lee says.
The industry has exploded in recent years, he says, and there are more and more 3D printers out there than ever before.
“For the first time in a long time, we have a real number of 3-d printers out in the world and a lot more 3-axis printers out than ever,” he said.
The rapid growth of the 3-dimensional printing industry means that 3D printer manufacturers are growing like wildfire.
3DMAC, 3D Imaging Solutions Inc. is one of those companies.
3DSLabs Inc., which was founded in 2013, has over 400 3D scanners and printers and a global network of partners who have the expertise to create models and models for the industry.
“When we first launched 3D Labs, we were just doing some basic printing on plastic.
Now we have hundreds of scanners and a network of 3,000 partners,” says 3DS Labs founder and CEO, Matt Fiedler.
The company’s 3D scanning machines can take a photo of a model and print out it. 3-dslabs also has a database of over 100,000 3D scanned objects.
“Every 3-hour job is about one job.
We print and assemble in about 30 minutes,” Fiedlers said.
3d Printing is also growing in other countries, too.
“There are a number of companies that are creating models in 3D for the first-time,” Lee says, like Stratasys Inc., a 3rd party 3D maker.
Stratasies, which was launched in 2014, has more than 5,000 employees and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
StratASys has been producing 3D prints of the Star Trek, Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, and other popular characters for over a decade.
“A lot of the companies are trying to make their models in China, but that’s not where it’s going to go.
China is where the business is, and China is the place to go for 3-dimension printers,” Fiesler says.
Stratasesys also has an automated 3D scanner that can print the same model for a fraction of the cost