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Cabe Atwell
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Re: Lots of established services already.
Cabe Atwell   4/26/2013 4:27:40 PM
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Jim T.

Thanks for the list. I will add it to my info archives.


I like shapeways.com

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Cabe Atwell
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Cabe Atwell   4/26/2013 4:26:13 PM
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Would anyone here be willing to sub-contract out their 3D printer?

There is wear and tear, would you do it?

 

I think I would not. I have a small machine shop. I made some parts for a few people, and they were very demanding. I lost out on the deal. But, perhaps that is an isolated experience.

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Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   4/25/2013 7:48:52 PM
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That's all pretty interesting, Nadine. I liked the link. So I would guess from the use of 3D printing that you are able to ask for highly durable materials in the mix.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   4/25/2013 4:59:37 PM
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Laser cutting: www.lasercuttinginc.org

CNC : protolabs.com

Both long time reputable companies, and there are lots, lots more ,,,,

William K.
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But what about I.P. Security for the design?
William K.   4/25/2013 4:56:08 PM
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I can see that it would work very welll for a hobby type of application and also for producing replacement parts, but I wonder how secure it would be if I were to submit a design for a prototype of part for some not-yet-patented invention. There are bound to be a few places that would be very pleased to capitalize on somebody else's invention for their own profit. So probably some sort of nondisclosure agreement would be in order. But it would also be wise to not use any source located in a country with a poor IP security reputation.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Lots of established services already.
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   4/25/2013 4:43:18 PM
On-Line outsourcing for SLAs and other 3D printing services have been available for quite a few years now. Most have an automated website that provides instant quotes, derived from the volume of the part requested, the specific material you select from a list, and the date of delivery you are seeking, considering queue-time and expediting fees.  Simply upload the part data file (in .STL format), make the selections, and a real-time quote is available for you to present to your Program Management team (or whichever money guys hold the purse)

A partial list of companies I use regularly ,,,, (free advertising for them !)

1.    QuickParts.com

2.    SolidConcepts.com

3.    Stereolithography.com

4.    RPDG.com

5.    RapidPS.com

6.    Quantumleap.cc  (note the .CC)

On the subject of Cost – for a single piece-part approximately the size of a thimble, typical cost runs only about $25.  For a bigger part, roughly the size of a computer-mouse or digital camera, parts can be made for about $125. 

Regarding less-technical users wanting to submit designs in data formats not everyone has access to --- well, I would think the designs would not be very suitable to print or build if they originated in a software that doesn't output an .STL , IGES or .STEP file, (all industry standard file types)

Costs are reasonable, and choices are wide and varied.  Personally, I could never afford to own a printer when I have so many competing sources offering various exotic materials and competitive pricing, all professionally sourced.

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NadineJ   4/25/2013 12:45:12 PM
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Rob-I think if it's good enough for Jay Leno's mechanic, it's good enough for mine.  He has a Velocette Thurxton.  I have a Honda GB500.  It makes sense to me!

http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/

I vaguely remember 3D printing used for battlefield innovation being covered here.  Mobile 3D printing labs were sent to Afghanistan last year but I haven't seen any follow up.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   4/25/2013 11:57:32 AM
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Hmm. Interesting potential application, Nadine. Yet I wonder what selection of materials would be available in outsourced 3D printing. As for getting it to the masses, there is one industry that doesn't require masses in order to succeed: the military.

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99guspuppet   4/25/2013 10:45:47 AM
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Are there similar services where you can get laser cutting , laser etching , CNC work , etc. ?????     I could use all of that ..

bob from maine
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bob from maine   4/25/2013 10:03:57 AM
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I see an issue in that these printers take 3D CAD files which come from programs that not everyone has. I imagine there will be companion businesses cropping up that will convert your 2D drawings to 3D, then coordinate with the printer owners for time. The opportunities are virtually endless.

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