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Stereolythography will give you (i think now its the biggest it possible to print) 59.0 x 29.5 x 27.6 inches ... so yeah, you can print a case

Also, more and more groups are working on new materials for printing thus expanding the possibilities of items done with 3dp... so possibilities, possibilities...

cool I want cases and P-90s.
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post #22 of 63
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Change the world indeed, and cost thousands their jobs in the process. I think id rather accept a large carbon foot print and keep what little jobs we still have in the US.
Haha if this guy had things his way we would still be living in caves and eating raw meat.
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I want to be able to print actual food. I will be stunned then, as for the past few years I have already seen what 3D printers can do with prototyping products. The concept of adding to print instead of subtracting would increase efficiency by a lot. So much less wasted material.
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post #24 of 63
I imagine that "3D" printers, if they were this revolutionary, would probably just be unavailable to the general public.

Much like how a lot of the printing presses that are used for currency-production are similarly unavailable to the general public, whether it's because of security precautions or sheer cost to obtain and operate.
    
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How is this news exactly?

I searched 3d printing on OCN and I got about 6 different articles about 3d printing right off the bat... What is new and important here to be considered news?

3d printing has been around for some time. What most don't understand is the amount of time/material that has to be put into making a single piece of anything. Hours upon hours will be taken up just to print a bolt or a nut, much less something larger and more complex.

While this is neat, the applications right now are extremely limited. Mostly down to rapid prototyping and one-off specialty parts that simply can't be machined or that getting a re-usable mold would cost too much due to limited production of said part.

As for these machines being unavailable, not true, we have talked with 2 different manufacturers of rapid prototyping machines and both had units available for sale. They were 500k+, some reaching into the millions of dollars, but they were available for sale. We simply didn't have a need for it though. It takes too long to make a part. I could cut something on a waterjet then have it machined down in less time with less expense.

Not selling these would be like not selling an endmill because the person can re-create certain parts already being created using the endmill.
Edited by Shrimpykins - 10/17/11 at 1:32pm
 
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My senior thesis is based on research I'm doing involving fab@home. It's pretty interesting stuff, but I can say from first-hand experience that we're quite a few years away from this being anything more than a hobbyist's market.
Edited by flamingoyster - 10/17/11 at 3:33pm
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post #28 of 63
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My senior thesis is based on research I'm doing involving fab@home. It's pretty interesting stuff, but I can say from first-hand experience that we're quite a few years away from this being more than a hobbyist's market.
I read this as *** @ home!
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post #29 of 63
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Total surplus gained by consumers is almost always greater than the surplus lost by producers due to lower prices. I learned that like the first day in intro economics. In your point of view, fertilizer and irrigation and every other innovation must be bad because they cost the jobs of manual laborers. You would be opposed to computers as well, because look how many abacus operators are out of work now.
It's amazing how uneducated minds don't seem to understand this basic concept.

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My senior thesis is based on research I'm doing involving fab@home. It's pretty interesting stuff, but I can say from first-hand experience that we're quite a few years away from this being more than a hobbyist's market.
I just like the fact that it opens the door to much cheaper prototyping or one-offs. I'd love to create my own custom plastic bits and just be able to order them up for a few dollars each in the future.
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Change the world indeed, and cost thousands their jobs in the process. I think id rather accept a large carbon foot print and keep what little jobs we still have in the US.
those who lack the mental wherewithal and drive to compete in the global market should not expect a livelihood any better than those who work twice as hard of them in a third world country for only a meager, subsistence level living.

have you no sense of fairness?
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