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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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Re: Complementary social services
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 ,,,,

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Affordable 3D printing
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.

Cabe Atwell
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Re: Affordable 3D printing
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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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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NadineJ
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Re: Affordable 3D printing
NadineJ   4/28/2013 3:58:38 PM
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I think it's possible to sub-contract a 3D printer.  You'd have to do a little research to make sure your pricing and contracts don't leave you in the red.

Personally, I'm just not interested.  If I got a 3D printer, my own list would be too long.

NadineJ
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Re: Lots of established services already.
NadineJ   4/28/2013 4:00:24 PM
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Great list.  There were a couple that I didn't know!  5 stars.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Re: Lots of established services already.
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   4/28/2013 6:49:46 PM
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Note also that the list is order of lessening capability of services: 

For example #6, QuantuumLeap only runs 1 kind of 3D print, that being Z-Corp printing, being a tiny little 2 man shop, but very low prices for concept solids at medium resolution ( about .004").

Conversely, I think I should have put SolidConcepts (listed at #2) truly at the top of the list.  Great service house, out of Southern California.

Pubudu
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Pubudu   4/29/2013 1:37:00 AM
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Cabe thanks for the awareness article, its seems to be that they are reducing prices more, due to demand and increase the number of available printers now there are printers which will have the lover prices of 0.5$/cm3

 

Pubudu
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Pubudu   4/29/2013 1:42:51 AM
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Jim thanks for the list of free adds, But still I feel that with the social network 3D printers there is a selection for the potential customers. 

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