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3D Printer

Postby skynet » Sun Jul 10, 2011 12:43 pm



3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing technology where a three dimensional object is created by laying down successive layers of material. 3D printers are generally faster, more affordable and easier to use than other additive manufacturing technologies. 3D printers offer product developers the ability to print parts and assemblies made of several materials with different mechanical and physical properties in a single build process. Advanced 3D printing technologies yield models that can serve as product prototypes.
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Re: 3D Printer

Postby Charles » Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:56 pm

The video originally posted for this topic is longer available on YouTube so I'll follow up with re-embedding it from another source.

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Re: 3D Printer

Postby Charles » Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:58 pm

Here's the official sales video for the 3D printer featured above.

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Re: 3D Printer

Postby Charles » Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:50 pm

Not only can this 3D printing technology be applied to engineering and product design, it does amazing things with characters.


Look at what 3D printing does in this case...




Here's what can done with articulated images...




To top it off, look at the sculptures that an artist by the name of Erica Van Straaten in the Netherlands is coming up with using this technology.
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Re: 3D Printer

Postby Dolphin78 » Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:14 pm

Wow. That's amazing stuff. I saw some of the early concepts for this a few years ago, but that's something else.
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Re: 3D Printer

Postby Charles » Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:45 pm

Imagine where this technology will be in 10 years. Could be at the point where it can mass produce. No more sending jobs to China for labor to assemble toys. Simply assimilate the design data and start churning out product. You can send the file to the system when you leave work for the evening and have a line of products ready for sale by the next morning, or during the course of a day. The possibilities are incredible. All we have to do is keep the world's economy from falling apart and maintain the earth enough so it doesn't implode on us and we're in business!
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Re: 3D Printer

Postby Dolphin78 » Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:59 am

Since some of the early work in this direction was done with lasers, it would seem likely that the general direction could do fused metal work also with hot and cold jets for tempering and magnetics for grain alignment.

Saw some laser cutting "printers" a while back and the pricing was about $10k.

We may still be a long way from the SciFi envisioned "fabricators," but I think I just saw the Wright Brothers fly by ;O)
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Re: 3D Printer

Postby Charles » Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:43 pm

That's a great analogy. This technology is comparable to where the Wright Brothers were at the beginning of flight. Imagine being able to mass produce 3D sculpted products from a digital file. From hand tools to toys to dinnerware to just about anything you can think of. That scenario is very feasible. Think of how this will affect manufacturing. Individuals can become product factories, in the same way that digital production technology enabled individual artists to become their own animation studio. The prospects are amazing.

Check out how clothing can be manufactured with 3D printing. For example, a bikini...




Stitch fabric...




Even chocolate...




And sculpted portraits from a front and side photo...

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Re: 3D Printer

Postby Charles » Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:56 am

The process is more involved, but the results can be just as impressive when it comes to 3D metal printing.

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Re: 3D Printer

Postby Dolphin78 » Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:25 pm

Great stuff! Model A fabricators or maybe the Stanley Steamer of fabricators...

Not sure how much the products that can be made cost, but if it hits mass production scale and is competitive with cheap labor there are lots of applications. With a data set for your own body, you could order a shirt or a pair of shoes with perfect fit and your own design as easily as downloading a digital book from Amazon.
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