3D Print a Ship in a Bottle With Objet 3D Printers

I'm sure just about everyone has seen a ship in a bottle.  Using traditional methods, the ship is built entirely outside of the bottle with collapsible masts/sails and meticulously squeezed through the opening, raising the sails with strings once placed inside. Enter the 21st Century and the advent of Multi-Material 3D Printers from Objet; we can create a full ship(no assembly required) directly inside of the bottle. 

"The ‘Ship in a Bottle’ created here features a solid bottle, 3D printed in Objet’s Clear Transparent material. And suspended within it we have our traditional sailing ship printed in Objet Rubber-like Black material. Both the black and the transparent materials are inseparably bound together.  (The only way to 3D print a ship in a hollow bottle would be to include a wide enough opening to remove the support material from within - which would sort of defeat the point really. But that’s a challenge for another time."

The original article "3D Printing the Impossible: A Ship in a Bottle" appeared on the Objet Blog on 11/21/2012. 


Jim TeDesco
Marketing Manager
Computer Aided Technology, Inc. 

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