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Touted as the world’s first $100 replicator, the Peachy Printer is quite portable, easy to use and ridiculously cheap. The idea, which began as a experiment to see whether such a device can be built using nothing more than household materials and parts, is now nearing a finished product. So, in a final push to bring “Peachy” to the masses, inventor Rylan Grayston launched a fundraising campaign on crowd-sourcing website Kickstarter

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Is this thing going to really work ?
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Why not just buy one, normal 3D printer and 3D print more 3D printers XD
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photolithography printing is a very simple process so it would seem doable, especially with some bulk discounts. The disadvantage of photolithography is that the resins are very expensive and often dangerous

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Why not just buy one, normal 3D printer and 3D print more 3D printers XD
http://reprap.org/wiki/RepRap
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Hmm. Interesting design. Mess with the equalizers and get a weird shape. And I suppose turning up the volume would make the shape larger.

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Ahahaha that actually exists!

The world never ceases to amaze me.
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I backed this when it just started out on kickstarter. I really don't have a lot of use for one but I love seeing innovation.
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Looks interesting for sure
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Why not just buy one, normal 3D printer and 3D print more 3D printers XD
http://reprap.org/wiki/RepRap

First noticed 3D printing a couple of years ago and now it's really going mad - so much potential.

More reprap
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I backed this when it just started out on kickstarter. I really don't have a lot of use for one but I love seeing innovation.

I'm tempted to do the same.

Important thing for these is will it be cheaper to print a doodah like, say, a bathplug, than to get a mass produced one from a shop ? Once it becomes easier to print toothbrush, clothes pegs etc than take a trip to the shops then this will become part of everyone's life. What I like is that you can use bioplastic, and you can do things like grind up old plastic bottles and use that as a material.

What would the energy use be of 1000 people all running a little motor and laser to make their widgets, vs making 1,000 widgets with a big machine, transporting them, keeping them in shops, paying staff, fetching them from shop to home, financial transaction fees etc etc. ?
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You don't want to 3d print toothbrushes... most of the stuff used for binders is not food-safe.

SLA and stereolithography also creates brittle parts ; the resolution on stuff like 3dysystems' cubify printer in Staples is pretty low.
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