Menu
Business

Unusual item on display in show pavilion

WAY OF THE FUTURE: 3D printer owner Bob Claydon.
WAY OF THE FUTURE: 3D printer owner Bob Claydon. Kirstin Payne

USUALLY home to heritage arts and crafts, the Allora Show pavilion featured a slice of the future at the weekend, with Darling Downs Model Railway Club member Bob Claydon displaying his 3D printer.

The printer can be programmed to produce miniature models for his carnival-themed railway in minutes.

"A lot of people just don't comprehend how it works. I wouldn't have when I first got into train making," he said.

Using molten plastic, the printer can layer in the shape of almost anything from miniature porta loos to doorstops.

"I printed a new knob for my kitchen out of it when it broke," Mr Claydon said.

He simply drew it up on the computer and printed it.

The 3D printers start at $2000.

"Mine is the plug-and-play version," he said.

"You can draw for yourself or download off the internet."

Mr Claydon is also receiving a 3D scanner in March, which will allow him to replicate almost anything he wants to in plastic.

The science is also being developed for medical use but for now Mr Claydon will stick to his growing collection.

Topics:  3d printing allora show



'The ball is in Barnaby's court': Ken O'Dowd

COLLEAGUES: Barnaby Joyce (right) and Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd in 2016.

The Flynn MP came just short of calling for the Deputy PM to resign.

A centuries-old mystery is re-imagined by novelist

FACT OR FICTION?: Trevor Tucker contends it's possible Portuguese sailors stopped at 1770 in the 1500s to access fresh water.

Former Gladstone resident questions official history.

Agnes surfers' taste of swell today short-lived

Amelia McKay enjoying a surf at Agnes Water.

The swell finally arrived, but it won't be here for long.

Local Partners