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Slideshow: Content Creation Tools Push 3D Printing Mainstream

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Re: 3D Printing Software
Cadman-LT   9/12/2012 12:50:13 PM
Oh I did, pretty amazing stuff.

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Re: Not quite consumer ready
Beth Stackpole   9/12/2012 3:31:21 PM
@etmax: Good point about comparing the cost of these printers to expensive smart phones. Once you cross the $500 price point, you are definitely on par with a lot of equipment people are already buying.

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Re: Yet another free tool
kf2qd   4/5/2013 9:28:39 AM
As with any other technology, you must use the correct tool/process to get good results. The one who commented about the funnel, due to the constraints of the process, a funnel is probably one of the worst products to make using this process. Large work envelope and the finished product has a very low volumn of material for tha space it occupies. Similar to turning that same funnel from a solid piece of alluminum. Lots of empty space.

It is a prototyping medium. As such, anything made by this process can be made cheaper in volumn. There are some parts that will turn out to be cheaper by this process, and it may not always be obvious which parts are the best for the process.  As a macinist I had some simple parts that could be made very profitably on the 1 CNC machine we had. Other simple parts could be made cheaper on a manual machine. We had some complex parts that were much cheaper when made on the much higher cost per hour CNC machine. Others that came off the more expensive process becasue the results were better.

The one thing this procees makes availbla is the ability to make a part without having to have a shop with a variety of expensive machines that require aexperience to run. It can be done by reltively unskilled people on a desktop. Now they just need to learn some of the other engineering that helps them understand the limitations of the process and products.

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