3D printing comes to Parramatta

Australia’s second 3D printing studio will be unveiled at Darcy Street, Parramatta tomorrow.

"Say if you've lost an ear and you need a silicon ear... what we can do is 3D scan your good ear and then we literally just flip it on the screen." - Stuart Grover of the 3D Printing studio at Parramatta.

"Say if you've lost an ear and you need a silicon ear... what we can do is 3D scan your good ear and then we literally just flip it on the screen." - Stuart Grover of the 3D Printing studio at Parramatta.

3D Printing director Stuart Grover said the new technology had many applications, with many more in their development stages.

"3D printing is a technology which basically takes anything from a scan which has been designed in a 3D form and makes it physical," Mr Grover said.

"The applications for the technology are so widely spread, it's like taking a whole shopping mall of goods and being able to print it all from a couple of machines...  So for medical uses, or architectural models, perhaps to support a DA application. Artists use it for printing artworks to create a one-off print.

"You can do 3D printing of jewelry and replacement parts. So if you own an old Ferrari from the '40s or '50s, we can 3D scan your broken part, fix it and 3D print your replacement."

Mr Grover said interest in 3D printing technology was growing rapidly, with much of the demand for his services from western Sydney.

"A significant proportion of customers and visitors to our Sydney CBD studio come from western Sydney, in particular the University of Western Sydney and the local manufacturing industry.’’

Mr Grover invited those interested to see the technology in action at his store's official opening tomorrow evening at 16 Darcy Street from 5.30pm.

"The Parramatta store is called an experience centre, so it's really a place for people to come to see the technology first hand and for the first time."

Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid said the fact Church Street was selected for the new technology was a vote of confidence in the city’s creative potential.

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