A 3-D-printed aluminum pool gate was used to seal a 3,000-square-foot garage gate in a small California town.
The aluminum, designed to withstand corrosion, cost about $5,000.
The 3-d printer company 3D Systems made the aluminum out of a metal alloy called Aluminium, a mineral with a low melting point that has attracted interest from 3-M and other makers of industrial grade materials.
The metal is made by grinding up Aluminium alloy ore.
Aluminium is used in high-tech products, such as batteries and air conditioners.
The price tag of the 3-inch gate came to $10,000 after the company spent $3,000 in labor to make it. 3-Way Maker, a 3-year-old startup based in California, has raised $5 million in funding to build a 3D printer with aluminum that could cost less than $2,000 per 3-in-1.
The company is looking for investors to help it pay for the cost of 3-In-1 hardware.
3D printed the aluminum pool fence and installed it in the garage, which is located in a suburb of San Diego.
The fence is about 3.5 feet long and 0.75 inches wide.
The gates were printed on an Aluminium 3D Printer, which has a 3.7-inch wide, 2.2-inch high bed.
The Aluminium machine has a range of speeds from a speed of 0.2 inches per second to 1.3 inches per minute, according to the 3D company’s website.
The gate is also designed to work with a 3mm-thick plastic that is made from a polyester resin, the company says.
3Way Maker’s founder, Chris Toth, said the company has been making 3-IN-1 gates since last year.
The firm has three 3-magnets in its arsenal, including an Alumilite 3-1, a titanium 3-2, and an aluminum 3-3.
Toth said the 3d-printed gate can also be assembled using a standard 3-pin screwdriver.
fence comes in two colors: a black and a blue one.
3 Way Maker is now in the process of getting a third gate, which will be 3D-printable.
3M’s first 3-MP3 gate was made out of aluminum that cost about a quarter million.
3DPrinting has exploded in recent years.
It’s a relatively new field with about 150 companies worldwide.
There are also companies like 3Dprinting.com, 3DPB, and 3DPrinter.com that sell 3D printing equipment and services.