Foreshadowing the expansion of bound metal printing by several years, Bradley Woods developed the idea of metal 3D printing filaments in 2014 when he obtained his first 3D printer kit. After 3D printing plastic parts, Woods realized that, in order for desktop 3D printing to truly have an impact, it would need to be able to tackle metal. Because he had already been developing sculpture techniques using powdered metallurgy, he came up with the idea for 3D printing filaments made up of metal powders bound within a polymer matrix.
The Virtual Foundry was born out of a 2015 Kickstarter campaign that raised 107% of its intended goal , allowing Woods to get out of his basement and into a facility stocked with commercial manufacturing equipment. Within two years, the baseline technology matured and the startup was ready for a President to steer the ship, at which point President Tricia […]
And you can, too My 3D-printed custom nose bridge. Images courtesy of the author I wear glasses (not pictured above...