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Originally Posted by Mwarren;15348218 
It seems like it would put more people out of work........
Cars put horse buggy craftsmen out of work. Farm equipment put farmers out of work. Cell phones are putting land-line operators out of business.

But guess what? People learn new skills, and move on to different (usually better) jobs. The net benefit to society is greater than the loss, because more is produced requiring less labor. This is why we are able to have money to enjoy luxury items, like computers and video games.
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129;15349749 
Good, because there's always that *one* piece that you're missing, and Lego wants to charge you like $10 for it or something.
Which is why it would definitely make sense to buy a $20k machine to print it.

I kid, I kid. wink.gif
post #52 of 63
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Originally Posted by cdoublejj;15343714 
yeah all it can do now is print molds and models and plastic parts that's it. sounds like sensationalism to me.

Not true. 3D printers can "print" metal objects as well.

http://www.shapeways.com/

3D printing will revolutionize how products are rolled out and created. And it will be amazing. As a 3D artist-in-training this stuff amazes me.
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post #53 of 63
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Originally Posted by The Mad Mule;15343656 
You wouldn't print a downloaded car.
+1 for making me laugh. Too bad some people don't get the reference.
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Originally Posted by Artemus;15343912 
3D printing has been around since the 2006/2007 time frame. Still interesting though. wink.gif

Thank you for the links, I could have sworn this was old.

OT, I could think of some crazy s*** to make with this if I could use titanium and steel. Prototype car parts biggrin.gif
    
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Originally Posted by Lelouch;15351672 
Not true. 3D printers can "print" metal objects as well.

http://www.shapeways.com/

3D printing will revolutionize how products are rolled out and created. And it will be amazing. As a 3D artist-in-training this stuff amazes me.

No it won't.

It will allow products that could not be made solid to be made in such a way rather than in individual parts. This will not revolutionize mass production though (at least not in it's current state). It's far too expensive and far too slow.

These machines are good for one-off and prototype parts atm. Not much else other than specific niche markets.
 
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Imagine printing out a purely custom computer case smile.gif
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Still can't see this being more efficient than plastic injection molding.
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Instant online delivery! cool.gif
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Originally Posted by refeek;15352853 
Still can't see this being more efficient than plastic injection molding.

It's not.

But when you need something made as a prototype and you don't want to spend the cash engineering it then getting with a company who would produce one (which requires machining the original dies and whatnot), you can just rapid prototype it. Make one and then when the prototype works well you get with the injection molding company to mass produce it.
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Instant online delivery! cool.gif

As in, download it, then wait hours upon hours, maybe even days for the part to complete? Doesn't sound instant to me.
 
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Originally Posted by Shrimpykins;15352947 
It's not.

But when you need something made as a prototype and you don't want to spend the cash engineering it then getting with a company who would produce one (which requires machining the original dies and whatnot), you can just rapid prototype it. Make one and then when the prototype works well you get with the injection molding company to mass produce it.

Really depends on how much the machinery for the 3D Printing would cost. But yes, I see the usefulness there.
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As in, download it, then wait hours upon hours, maybe even days for the part to complete? Doesn't sound instant to me.

Not to mention the extreme cost of materials!
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