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Cadman-LT
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Machinists
Cadman-LT   7/3/2012 11:02:01 AM
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Well, it won't be the end all for machinists, but I do think it will replace them for some jobs. In fact I am sure will. Ahhh progress. It'll be cheaper I would think though, rather than getting a part machined...that's a good thing.

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Re: Metal
3drob   6/25/2012 9:20:01 AM
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They can laser scinter (spelling?) metal parts now. They can also post plate plastic parts so it has some of the properties of metal.

I have a friend with a string printer (uses a spool of plastic string as the raw stock, I believe slide 8 was done with a similar printer).  It's amazing what you can make with it and how fast this field is developing.

Cadman-LT
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Re: Metal
Cadman-LT   6/20/2012 9:05:00 AM
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It's scary for machinists. I mean CNC machines costs like $50k then add a guy to run it. With these printers....just the CAD guy could do his job. Just draw it up and print it...no extra costs. Scares me becuase I used to be a machinist. 

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Re: Metal
Cadman-LT   6/20/2012 8:40:23 AM
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I wanted to say...they won't ever replace machinists because machinists make high precision parts. Then I thought...I think they print at .007" ...not shabby. I still am not sure how that works out in 3d...for tolerances...but....think about it. If they can print that precise NOW......in a few years it could be down to .0001"......machinists...well their machines aren't that good.

Cadman-LT
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Metal
Cadman-LT   6/20/2012 8:32:47 AM
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As cool as they may be....and I have not decided yet. I still wonder about metal. If they can do it with plastic now then someone will find a way to do it will metal soon. THAT will be cool! and if they can hold tolerances....I hate to imagine. no more machinists?....ugly thought

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Waiting on part
Cadman-LT   6/20/2012 8:26:20 AM
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I requested a sample part from ... but have not receieved it yet. I really want to see an actual part. So many questions about it. Be nice to have a part in my hands.

Cadman-LT
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Re: Maintenance no small task
Cadman-LT   6/20/2012 8:20:29 AM
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As far as the maintenance goes....I think that is yet to be determined. My printers break all the time..I just get a new one. This is new stuff....so yes...treat it well....but I would treat it like every other $5k piece of equipment...with care. Not like a replaceable printer...

Cadman-LT
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Re: Maintenance no small task
Cadman-LT   6/20/2012 8:16:23 AM
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Hey Beth. Yes...but think about it for a minute. I can go to the store and buy a new printer cheaper than I can buy ink for it...a regular 2d  printer. So yeah the ink is expensive.....all ink is. It will get cheaper....but probably no cheaper than regular ink is. Think about that.

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Re: Reducing inventory
Cadman-LT   6/20/2012 8:12:14 AM
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As far as I know, there isn't a "wrong" part. It's just a part without a use yet. Some parts I find other uses for. It may have been made to do one thing, but think hard eough and you can find an alternative use for it. SO I keep everything.

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Re: Reducing inventory
Ann R. Thryft   6/12/2012 11:57:56 AM
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Cadman-LT, I know what you mean. Ours are now in parts of two different (small) rooms, so I guess they could almost fill half of one. We now keep a lot of the wrong parts, but not everything. I mean, there has to be a limit somewhere, right?

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