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3D printers will be as revolutionary as computers

By tovarichpeter   2012 Dec 3, 11:18am   ↑ like   ↓ dislike   1,561 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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1   Peter P   2012 Dec 3, 12:26pm  ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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

2   oddhack   2012 Dec 4, 12:44am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

Peter P says

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

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

3   Peter P   2012 Dec 4, 5:25am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

oddhack says

Peter P says

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

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

Scary.

4   zzyzzx (62/62 = 100% civil)   2012 Dec 4, 10:16am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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.

5   zzyzzx (62/62 = 100% civil)   2012 Dec 4, 10:18am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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.

6   Peter P   2012 Dec 4, 10:29am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

I want to print my own golf putter.

7   zzyzzx (62/62 = 100% civil)   2012 Dec 14, 4:22am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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.

8   relo guy   2012 Dec 14, 4:44am  ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

i want to print my own concubine.

9   varmint   2012 Dec 14, 6:37am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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.

10   Dan8267 (208/210 = 99% civil)   2012 Dec 14, 6:45am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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.

11   Dan8267 (208/210 = 99% civil)   2012 Dec 14, 6:57am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote   top   bottom   home   share  

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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