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Slideshow: Watch Out, Hobbyist 3D Printing Here Comes DIY Injection Molding

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: great idea, larger purpose
Ann R. Thryft   6/10/2013 6:28:39 PM
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Interesting point, Rogue Moon, about 3D printing, and this type of machine, stimulating a lot more small-scale, at-home businesses. That sounds a lot like what the inventor himself said.

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Re: Its actually nostalgic
Ann R. Thryft   6/10/2013 6:11:50 PM
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OK, I saw it now. Nope, I swear I don't remember anything like that. Think it was must have been just after my time. Looks like fun!



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Re: Its actually nostalgic
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   6/10/2013 2:21:41 PM
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You have to see the reply from  YALC, dated   6/7/2013 - 3:09:02 PM (just a bit below) .  YALC posted the link to the original machine, exactly as I remember it as 5 year old boy!  From that link, hit "Vintage-Mold-A-Rama" in the left margin.  Thank You, YALC !

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Re: Its actually nostalgic
Ann R. Thryft   6/10/2013 1:58:44 PM
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Jim, that must have been a regional thing, maybe also a different era. I don't remember anything like that at the San Francisco Zoo in the 50s or 60s.



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Re: Injection Molding as Desktop Item?
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   6/10/2013 10:24:11 AM
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Right, Droid - This IS the key issue being missed:  CNC cutting, even in low cost aluminum, is beyond the budget of most DIY'ers.  ProtoMold.com is one of the best, fastest, and least expensive On-Line CNC shops today.  Just this week, a little ~2" custom designed plastic enclosure was quoted at $3,500 for the bottom, and $2,800 for the mating half.  About $6,000 for a tiny housing set.  Cheap for a corporate entity, but beyond reach for the hobbyist.

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Re: Its actually nostalgic
yalc   6/7/2013 3:09:02 PM
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I remember the Mold-A-Rama machines from the Oklahoma City Zoo from my youth, and that was only the 1990s.  The Zoo had the operator remove the machines a couple years ago.  See http://www.replicationdevices.com/about_us.html

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Re: Build you own
Ann R. Thryft   6/7/2013 2:50:12 PM
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Thanks for the link, Steve. Some readers like to build their own and some would prefer to buy one, as we've seen in some Gadget Freak columns.

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Re: Its actually nostalgic
BrainiacV   6/7/2013 2:26:06 PM
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Great commercial and 1 minute long instead of the current 15 seconds!  I had friends who had Creeple People molds. Feet, hands, a head you fold over and hold with a neck ring onto a pencil to make a doll (of sorts).  We used to fill syringes with denatured alcohol and shoot through a candle to flame thrower them.

(ahem) Maybe I just dreamed that last part :-)

Google "kenner mold master" and you'll find photos of the product that don't do it justice.

Like the old Vac-u-forms, a toy that could really raise a blister, toys of the 60's were scaled down industrial processes instead of the nerfballs we have today.

Lego Mindstorms and Vex Robotics are about the only useful toys out there today. Unfortunately after the industrial controls I used to do, it has too few I/O's to interest me. Vex has enough I/O for my interest, just too pricey for my budget.

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   6/7/2013 1:01:21 PM
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BrainiacV – I don't remember that Kenner toy; I wish I had one!  I did have Mattel's 'Thing-Maker' & Creepy-Crawlers;  and then later, the Incredible-Edibles version of the same.  Both were poured in a cavity only (no core) and baked like an Easy-bake oven.

TV commercial -1964 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS07TPPu0SE

Wow, what a blast from the past.  And what a testimony to the difference between the Obama administration and the Johnson administration. How times have changed!

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   6/7/2013 12:27:40 PM
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Isn't it funny that these micro-industrial processes were commonly showcased at the Zoo, of all places-?  That's where my memory pulled that ancient recollection, and now you have the same memory -- I'm now curious if it was the same Zoo-?  For me, it was the Detroit Zoo, circa 1965.

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