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3D Printers' Role Fueled by Content Tools

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naperlou
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3D Vacation Photos
naperlou   6/29/2012 8:37:33 AM
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One nice thing about using aCAD program to "print" 3D images on your home 3D printer is that you can "fix them up" before printing them.  Another nice thing is that you wouldn't have to bring home souveniors, you could just take a picture (lots of pictures) and print them later.  Lots lighter on the luggage.

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Beth Stackpole   6/29/2012 10:44:09 AM
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Taking a picture and printing your own souvenirs--now that would be a real money saver for tourists, not to mention a huge opportunity to create a service that could be monetized. Cool idea.

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Ann R. Thryft   6/29/2012 12:29:16 PM
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What a novel idea (and I don't mean it sarcastically): printing your own souvenirs from your vacation pix, after touching them up in CAD. Or for that matter, taking pictures of things around you (like redwood trees or other objects in nature). That gives me ideas for new materials and I wonder if anyone's working on them for 3D apps: ones that resemble natural substances, like wood or stone, and less like plastic.

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tekochip   6/29/2012 2:54:17 PM
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I like the vacation idea; the great pyramid, Taj Mahal, why not relatives? I fear it also makes reverse engineering very, very easy.

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gsmith120   6/30/2012 6:26:39 PM
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Printing souvenirs or other things is a great idea. I like the idea that someone is making it easier create the CAD files. One could take a pic of your child and print them a 3d doll.

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Industrial Design Applications Also
Greg M. Jung   7/1/2012 11:17:20 AM
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In addition to the vacation photos, I can also see more industrial designers and artists using this technology to quickly capture CAD data of their 3D models or sculptures.

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It's catchy
Beth Stackpole   7/2/2012 8:27:43 AM
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I bet all the 3D printer and 3D content creation tool providers will get a lift just listening in on the exchange going on in this community. They're betting that once the tools make the technology more accessible, enthusiasm will be infectious and the applications endless. From the looks of the small burst we've got going here, they might just be on to something.

@Ann: Love your idea of the materials developments. I'm not so sure the ones you mentioned are developed yet, but they would sure get some good traction.

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Ann R. Thryft   7/2/2012 12:16:07 PM
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gsmith, what a cool idea: I've seen custom services for making dolls that resemble your own child and they're pretty expensive.

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Ann R. Thryft   7/2/2012 12:17:05 PM
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Beth, another reason I'm wondering about more natural-looking materials combines with the souvenir idea. I'm an ancient history fan, and many replicas of ancient statues or other art objects are being made in plastic resins now, instead of the older reconstituted concrete and stone materials, which I prefer. So I wonder if there's any research being done on non-plastic, non-metal 3D materials. Not sure what any other apps for those might be.

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A Santa Claus Machine
78RPM   7/2/2012 1:32:11 PM
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Thank your for telling us about these services.  I have stock in two leading 3D printer companies because I believe this is a huge growth industry that surprisingly few people know about.  3D printers combined with the services you report get us very close to what science fiction fans know as a Santa Clause machine.  One can wish for a sailboat or any other fantasy and have it manufactured. Some work is even being done on printing biological organs and tissues.

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