We’ve had the better part of a week with the 3D printers. Our printing efforts have been conservative. Much time has been spent reading documentation and using our printing material smartly (our order of filament hasn’t come in yet). But we have printed a few things including a model of the Duke Chapel, a steam punk iPhone case, and other cool stuff.
But so far the most interesting thing about the project has been interacting with colleagues. The printer is setup as a usable display now at ATC. We run it a few times a day and have even attached a webcam so that people can see the operation. Response has been great, a lot of people have stopped by and introduced themselves to the technology.
Take a look at our webcam feed or swing by the Media Lab if you have a moment – http://people.duke.edu/~dwb36/3dprint.html