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Update: The Best Things to Come Out of a 3D Printer

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Charles Murray
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Urbee
Charles Murray   4/22/2013 6:06:42 PM
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I preume that when the Urbee goes into production, it won't use 3D printing. I wonder how big of a production run they're planning.

richnass
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richnass   4/22/2013 7:16:08 PM
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I was sharing this story with someone earlier today, and he was telling about how they created an ear with a 3D printer that was sugically attached to a person.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   4/23/2013 3:46:12 AM
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Yes, Ann, good point. It will probably take awhile before materials advance to the point where they would be comfortable. Still, it's a nice idea to think about...and I imagine someday the technology will catch up!

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projection
ChasChas   4/23/2013 8:57:10 AM
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Nice slideshow. I don't see any metal 3D printing.

To speed up production, imagine a 3D image projected into a vat of a special liquid that solidifies as a result of the image tuned on.

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Quacker   4/23/2013 9:22:53 AM
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I had to Laugh! You show a picture of the woman's bathingsuit top with the headline: "The Best Things to Come Out of a 3D Printer."

Really? You guys crack me up!

almoore
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almoore   4/23/2013 9:32:15 AM
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Can that kickstand double as a bottle opener?  Some of the craft beers that I like aren't twist off and I always seem to have my electronic leash, (phone), with me.

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warren@fourward.com   4/23/2013 9:41:39 AM
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Now we know how they made the Terminator. Cool!

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j-allen   4/23/2013 10:50:24 AM
Most of the items shown are gimmicks, in the sense that they were created solely to demonstrate the ability to make them by 3-D printing.  For example, the stool could be far stronger and cheaper if made from wood.  The plastic shoes and phone stand also look as though they could be made better and cheaper by conventional plastic molding.   I have to admit that the gown, whether practical or not, is certainly besutiful on the model.  Not so the cape. 

 

The item that best exploits the one-of-a-kind capability of 3-D printing is the custom prosthetic jaw. 

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arunkjha   4/23/2013 11:12:45 AM
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I am curious to know what will happen to china which manufactures for the world, once 3D printing matures and democratises manufacturing

William K.
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Other areas of 3D printing.
William K.   4/23/2013 11:29:56 AM
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I can see an interesting area of the "more robotic" 3D printing, a bit more like the chocolate machine. Consider making stuff out of ceramics by laying down a string of that "slip" material. Another possibility would be building structures from long-strand fiberglass with a resin coating applied as it is extruded. Also, how about extruding a larger diameter string of glass fiber stiffened concrete to make outdoor furniture.

The very thin layers are fine for those items needing very fine details, but there is a whole huge realm of things built up with much coarser details. Of course, at some point it becomes much more a robotic process instead of the very thin process that we are familiar with. As we open up to somewhat different approaches the realm of things that can be produced grows very large. Of course, the robotic printing process will need a whole new level of robot direction software for it to be able to work from a cad file of some sort, but in that area the software will be the only obstacle, since industrial robots are a quite mature technology, as far as the hardware goes.

So if somebody takes one of these ideas and gets rich with it, just remember where the suggestion came from, keep the money and give me the credit.

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