3D printers will be as revolutionary as computers

By tovarichpeter   follow   Mon, 3 Dec 2012, 11:18am PST   ↑ Like   ↓ Dislike   1,197 views   11 comments   Watch (0)   Share   Quote  

http://www.economist.com/news/technology-quarterly/21567201-difference-engine-just-computers-make-it-easy-copy-music-3d-printers-will

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Peter P   befriend (5)   ignore (4)   Mon, 3 Dec 2012, 12:26pm PST   Like (3)   Dislike     Share   Quote   Comment 1

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

oddhack   befriend (0)   ignore (0)   Tue, 4 Dec 2012, 12:44am PST   Like   Dislike     Share   Quote   Comment 2

Peter P says

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

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

Peter P   befriend (5)   ignore (4)   Tue, 4 Dec 2012, 5:25am PST   Like   Dislike     Share   Quote   Comment 3

oddhack says

Peter P says

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

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

Scary.

zzyzzx   befriend (10)   ignore (6)   Tue, 4 Dec 2012, 10:16am PST   Like   Dislike     Share   Quote   Comment 4

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.

zzyzzx   befriend (10)   ignore (6)   Tue, 4 Dec 2012, 10:18am PST   Like   Dislike     Share   Quote   Comment 5

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.

Peter P   befriend (5)   ignore (4)   Tue, 4 Dec 2012, 10:29am PST   Like   Dislike     Share   Quote   Comment 6

I want to print my own golf putter.

zzyzzx   befriend (10)   ignore (6)   Fri, 14 Dec 2012, 4:22am PST   Like   Dislike     Share   Quote   Comment 7

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.

relo guy   befriend (0)   ignore (0)   Fri, 14 Dec 2012, 4:44am PST   Like (2)   Dislike     Share   Quote   Comment 8

i want to print my own concubine.

varmint   befriend (0)   ignore (1)   Fri, 14 Dec 2012, 6:37am PST   Like   Dislike     Share   Quote   Comment 9

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.

Dan8267   befriend (17)   ignore (12)   Fri, 14 Dec 2012, 6:45am PST   Like   Dislike     Share   Quote   Comment 10

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.

Dan8267   befriend (17)   ignore (12)   Fri, 14 Dec 2012, 6:57am PST   Like   Dislike     Share   Quote   Comment 11

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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