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Futurist: 3D Printing Will Pave the Way for a New Era of Manufacturing

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Elizabeth M
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Re: Where's my flying car?
Elizabeth M   2/20/2013 11:25:23 AM
Hey, Cabe, just curious. Did you find the quality of the product the same as if it had been machined? I guess it's hard to really tell since you have nothing to compare it to, but I imagine you would have a good idea.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Where's my flying car?
Ann R. Thryft   2/20/2013 12:56:46 PM
Just because some predictions, or even most of them, are wrong doesn't mean they all are. I grew up in Silicon Valley before it was Silicon Valley and now live next door to it. I've seen more predictions come and go about the next best thing since sliced bread most of the commenters on this board. So if anything, I'm much more jaded than most people. There aren't many big ones, but IMO, 3D printing will be one of them.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Working at home
Ann R. Thryft   2/20/2013 12:57:29 PM
The trend around the world is to move to cities, as it has been for the last 100 years or so, and the percentage has been rising during hat time. Some enormous percentage of world citizens now live in cities. I'm definitely not one of them. I much prefer lots of green, not concrete and steel.

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Re: Where's my flying car?
NadineJ   2/20/2013 4:08:28 PM
The word trend is often misused; similar to the titles "Designer" or "Curator".  I work in the trend forecasting industry.  My definition is pretty strict.  It goes beyond a single thing that happens over a short period of time.

Cabe Atwell
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Re: Where's my flying car?
Cabe Atwell   2/20/2013 4:44:44 PM

I do in fact have the same part machined and 3D printed. No, the 3D printed quality is poorer than machined. The printing process leaves a lot of surface texturizing, even though I had the part polished a bit. Higher resolution printing will soon make printed parts indistinguishable.

Anyway, despite the quality of the print, the part is adequate and performing the job. Repeatability of this level of printing will keep my parts out of the retail space. But, it has been great to prove the concept.


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