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Charles Murray
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Re: Not worried until a 3D printer prints another 3D printer
Charles Murray   6/19/2013 7:10:26 PM
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I agree, Cabe. The time involved will always be a barrier to companies that need to manufacture in high volume. Time is much more critical for an automotive supplier, for example, than for a manufacturer of giant aircraft.

flightsfan
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Re: Not worried until a 3D printer prints another 3D printer
flightsfan   6/11/2013 9:14:24 PM
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@BobFunny thing is one of the commercially available printers is from Makerbot called the Replicator. Their newest model is for the general public home use with little technical skill required and is the Replicator 2.

Debera Harward
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Debera Harward   6/11/2013 5:49:12 PM
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Thanks Richard for such an informative post i really used to consider that additive manufacturing and 3D Printing was one of the same thing .However 3d printing is creating layer by layer three dimensional object .CAD file is installed in the system the object to be created is designed in the CAD file and then the computer is connected with the 3D Printer to creat layer  by layer three dimensional object .However additive manufacturing is making three dimensional object from digital model.

Cabe Atwell
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Re: Not worried until a 3D printer prints another 3D printer
Cabe Atwell   6/11/2013 5:12:13 PM
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I wish the time was short and the cost of printing a part was low enough to be a final product.

I am mostly concerned with the time it takes to print a part.

C

Nuvation
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Re: Not worried until a 3D printer prints another 3D printer
Nuvation   6/4/2013 5:24:49 PM
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I didn't realize the hobby printers were that cheap now!! Wow. That's definitely going to open a lot of doors.

kenish
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Re: Not worried until a 3D printer prints another 3D printer
kenish   6/4/2013 12:28:07 PM
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Making repair parts onsite is probably in the not-too-distant future too.   Envision a broken plastic part in your fridge or car.  The service tech or mechanic downloads data from the manufacturer, and a repair part made on the spot.  Better than the manufacturer carrying inventory and shipping from warehouses.

There is also an aftermarket for third party manufacturers, hobbyists, and DIY...how often have you had a small part break on your car or lawn care product that required purchase of an entire assembly?  You will be able to make a new and probably better one yourself !

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: 3D Printing Misconceptions
Ann R. Thryft   6/4/2013 12:27:31 PM
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George, the reverse is actually true: 3D printing is only one of several additive manufacturing (AM) techniques. 3D printing applies to those AM techniques that use an inkjet-like print head to lay down material layers:
http://www.designnews.com/document.asp?doc_id=236261
Wohlers Associates' website has some good background info on the subject:
http://www.wohlersassociates.com
Not just automotive body panels, but entire aircraft wing boxes have been made with some AM techniques:
http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=258652



NadineJ
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Re: Not worried until a 3D printer prints another 3D printer
NadineJ   6/4/2013 10:42:02 AM
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That's part of what MIT is working on-printers that can create machines.  Materials like glass and metal are necessary to print for machines to assemble workable items.

Imagine printing the components and assembling drones or cars or wheelchairs.

jcsretired
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Re: Not worried until a 3D printer prints another 3D printer
jcsretired   6/4/2013 10:40:29 AM
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Actually, "self-replicating" printers have been around since 2009. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reprap

 

They don't actually completely make themselves, but these printers can be made of standard stock items like threaded rod, smooth rod, bearings, motors, and of course an electronics board.

 

The cheapest hobbyist printers are down to $300 now.  These have a fairly small build volume and limited selection of materials, but they are a way for individuals to get their feet wet in this technology. 

 

One commercial provider I've used is Shapeways.  Their pricing is based on the cost of time and materials.  Several others that I looked at were charging "what the market will bear" to the tune of 20X to 50X the Shapeways price.  (I have no commercial interest or connection with Shapeways.)

bwilson4web
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Not worried until a 3D printer prints another 3D printer
bwilson4web   6/4/2013 9:54:58 AM
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Self-replicating 3D printers, now that would be news . . . or a great movie plot. What did they call them? Replicators?

Bob Wilson

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