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Viral YouTube Video purportedly depicts an adjustable wrench being 'replicated' via a 3D printer.
Tony Bannan's insight:
Here's what they go on to say......There is an anomaly in the video that has caused some observers to question its authenticity. The main point of contention has been that the wrench recreated by the 3D printer does not appear to be exactly the same as the wrench that David Kaplan took in to be copied and had scanned. The "printed" wrench has a ring at the top of the handle rather than a hole in the handle like the original wrench. However, this apparent anomaly is simply because the 3D scan of the wrench was redesigned in some ways before the copy was produced. A post on the Z Corporation Facebook Pageaddresses the concerns of a viewer who noticed the anomaly, noting:
[W]hile you are correct in noting the variances between the scanned and printed wrenches, we were certainly not trying to cheat or pull a fast one on viewers. Rather, the objective and message of that particular portion of the video was to demonstrate how easy it is to make changes to a scanned part using 3D software (we were changing the color of the part at the time). Indeed this is the most common way that engineers work with scanned parts – get it into 3D software first: then stretch this, add that, print and see if you’re satisfied with the results – a basic iterative design process. We are strong proponents of iterative design because that process produces better results. Even if no changes were made to the basic structure of the tool, it is very common for engineers to modify a scanned file, for example, to complete the internal workings of a moving part that might not be visible to the scanner. It’s not cheating or deception, just normal processes familiar to users of all 3D scanners. Obtaining a near-exact replica of an object is entirely possible even though that was not shown in the video.
And a YouTube comment on the video posted by a person claiming to be a Z Corporation employee concurs:
As the Z Corp employee in this clip, I can assure you that this is most certainly not faked. The differences you noticed between the original wrench and the printed one were done to demonstrate that once scanned, the geometry can be digitally edited - and then printed. (This is the normal workflow for most of our customers today) In the interest of time, the producers cut the explanation of the editing down.)
In any case, regardless of your take on this particular video, the fact remains that 3D printing is very real, and increasing in sophistication every day. There is simply no doubt that 3D printing technology is already able to produce copies of complex objects such as adjustable wrenches and much more besides.