3D printers will be as revolutionary as computers


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  1. Peter P


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    1   8:26pm Mon 3 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (3)   Dislike   Protected  

    Tell me when 3D printers can print 3D printers.

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    Peter P says

    Tell me when 3D printers can print 3D printers.

    http://www.reprap.org/wiki/Main_Page

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    oddhack says

    Peter P says

    Tell me when 3D printers can print 3D printers.

    http://www.reprap.org/wiki/Main_Page

    Scary.

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    Peter P says

    oddhack says
    Peter P says

    Tell me when 3D printers can print 3D printers.

    http://www.reprap.org/wiki/Main_Page

    Scary.

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    5   6:18pm Tue 4 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    When I can print my own aftermarket auto parts out of better materials (I.E. - make my own stainless steel radiator instead of crappy ones they make now with crappy plastic side tanks and crappy plastic threads on the drain valve). Now that would be something.

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    I want to print my own golf putter.

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    7   12:22pm Fri 14 Dec 2012   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike  

    I want to print my own cat toys. A lot of them (especially the interactive ones) are made so cheaply that even an elderly cat breaks them in a short period of time.

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    i want to print my own concubine.

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    It's funny to me that they're called "3D printers" when the machine has a lot more in common with a CNC than a printer.

    I think they technically are CNC's, though the traditional understanding of CNC is to create the part by removing material rather than adding it. You can buy regular metal CNC's for home use (even to make radiator parts!). They were not incredibly expensive the last time I looked.

    Maybe the term "3D printer" makes it seem a lot more accessible to normal "non-shop" people. I dunno, I'm not a machinist but not scared of whirring motors and drill bits either.

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    Peter P says

    Tell me when 3D printers can print 3D printers.

    They can right now. Everything except electronics, but that's coming in the not-so-distant future.

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    tovarichpeter says

    3D printers will be as revolutionary as computers

    This could very well be true. If manufacturing becomes something you can do at home just like desktop publishing in the Internet Age, then this will greatly affect the trade balance and the consumer's reliance on corporations. It will shake things up quite a bit. As such, the real consequences are unpredictable.

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