About the only thing you can’t print on a 3-D printer is a time machine. However, the creators at Formlabs have managed to bring forward a staple from many 1950s living rooms.
OK, so 3-D printing a miniaturized replica of a Philco Predicta television isn’t exactly time travel, but you can ignore that when you realize the TV actually works.
Formlabs, a top manufacturer for desktop, laser-based 3-D printers, printed the cabinet of the then-futuristic-looking boob tube and built it around a two-inch LCD display and electronics from Adafruit a company that makes products for creators of all ages.
Neither post explains how long it took to print the tiny TV, but the Somerville, Massachusetts, company has made the plans available free for download.
The TV was printed on the Formlab’s Form+1 printer, which lists for about $3,300 on Formlab’s store page.