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Greg M. Jung
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Re: Possibilities are Mind Boggling
Greg M. Jung   5/25/2013 1:04:46 PM
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Nancy, I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how affordable and easy to use 3rd party 3D printering services are today.  One of these services, www.redeyeondemand.com allows you to just upload your .STL file to their website and automatically generates a quote on the spot.  After purchasing with a credit card, it starts the printing job and a few days later, you receive the part in the mail.  Efficient (and even fun) to use.

Nancy Golden
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Nancy Golden   5/25/2013 1:14:06 PM
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Thanks for the great information, Greg - I will definitely look into it. Sounds like it could be a lot of fun. There are so many possibilities...I have a lot of projects in my head that I never thought it would be cost-effective to pursue...this could change my mind!

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Re: Possibilities are Mind Boggling
Cabe Atwell   5/30/2013 12:06:50 AM
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Nancy,

You do not have to be a machinist to work a 3D printer. Though, understanding how the printer work completely will not be avoided. If you need to make a lot of parts, prototypes, etc, then getting one will pay for itself. However, like Greg said, you can always have someone else make one.

See the Social Network for 3D Printers.

Also, Shapways.com is a good spot too.

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Nancy Golden
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Re: Possibilities are Mind Boggling
Nancy Golden   5/30/2013 10:58:38 AM
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Thanks for the additional information, Cabe. The article on Social Network for 3D Printers was very interesting. It would be really cool to see Office Depot down the street offer this service as part of their print center and maybe in a few years they will.

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Re: Possibilities are Mind Boggling
Cabe Atwell   6/11/2013 4:35:47 PM
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Nancy,

Staples is already testing the possibility of 3D printing in stores. Readily available printing options are popping up everywhere. No purchase necessary.

C

Nancy Golden
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Re: Possibilities are Mind Boggling
Nancy Golden   6/11/2013 6:06:02 PM
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Very informative - thanks, Cabe. It looks like 3D printing is the future across many different industries: http://www.businessoffashion.com/2013/05/could-3d-printing-disrupt-the-designer-eyewear-market.html

It will be interesting to see how it all plays out and per the article what type of legislation will become necessary as a result...

In the mean time a quick google search revealed lots of options - should be fun to try.

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