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The only thing that bothers me is the 4.6 max height... Thats about as high as an Iphone 4s. Which is a little to short for my liking.

And... too short for my GS4 tongue.gif
To get around that you just make multiple pieces that fit together. Or you just spend $20 on a store case, instead of >$300 on one you made.

Or...just build a case with it laying flat. At least I think it said the width of the printing area was a little larger than the height.
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how long will it take to make a iphone case?

screw that, make a .45 liberator pistol!
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Still very far from practical use though... no way you could re-coupe the cost from just creating small toys, shower hangars, or cookie cutters tongue.gif

Think outside the box a bit. Albeit a small machine, but there is still a bit of room to make some everyday things.

https://mrspeakers.com/mrspeakers-alpha-dog-headphones/

Come up with your own custom cups for headphones and print away. A lot of money to be made there as evidenced by the prices being charged.
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Yes...you should seek help...immediately. tongue.gif

I want it for one reason...legos (well, actually a close non-patent-infringing creation). I've been surprised that we haven't seen all those types of companies fighting this, but at $70+ for some sets...buying one of these and the resin/plastic would make it a steal.

Though why go through kick starter? They could have just put up a website and told a couple tech reporting sites...All they are doing is selling printers. Well, I suppose then they wouldn't have gotten all the sub $199 pledges, but so far they've maybe made $250 off of that. How much of a cut does kickstarter take again?

You'd be surprised at how much money goes into making original legos. I remember seeing something that they spend ridiculous amounts of money on maintaining the molds

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Throws money at screen

This I will be all over this.
     
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Think outside the box a bit. Albeit a small machine, but there is still a bit of room to make some everyday things.

https://mrspeakers.com/mrspeakers-alpha-dog-headphones/

Come up with your own custom cups for headphones and print away. A lot of money to be made there as evidenced by the prices being charged.

Wow, that is very impressive!
Well if this little machine can do something to that accuracy ..."throws money at screen".
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I'd be interested to see someone set up a business based around making these available and charging per use and material.

Edit: 3D Printers that is, not this one specifically.
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I'd be interested to see someone set up a business based around making these available and charging per use and material.

Edit: 3D Printers that is, not this one specifically.

Japan? I believes does something like this already with Gummy Candy.
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From what i read on 3d printing is software plays a BIG part in pricing. Some software is free other software can be bundled but you pay for it. Also keep in mind you could use up to three different types of software before you're finally printing, again some free some not. Also from what I sat I understand software requires a fairly steep learning curve. For me personally I just like to be able to use the machine without spending a thousand hours trying to figure out how to write a script to get it to print. I never read the article but I would sure hope that this has the input where it can accept a scanner so that you can print an image based on a 3d scan you've taken. Proprietorial filament .... Get ready to pay 3x the price of generic
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From what i read on 3d printing is software plays a BIG part in pricing. Some software is free other software can be bundled but you pay for it. Also keep in mind you could use up to three different types of software before you're finally printing, again some free some not. Also from what I sat I understand software requires a fairly steep learning curve. For me personally I just like to be able to use the machine without spending a thousand hours trying to figure out how to write a script to get it to print. I never read the article but I would sure hope that this has the input where it can accept a scanner so that you can print an image based on a 3d scan you've taken. Proprietorial filament .... Get ready to pay 3x the price of generic

by software you mean Autodesk tongue.gif

might be worth investing a little in that company since something like 3D printing could bring these previous engineering/designer software suites down into another market.
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Well, that's the joy of this technology. You can make stuff. I have a feeling the plastic extrusion industry may take a hit if (when) 3D printing takes off.

Though no one is going to be using $10 worth of printer material to make a $1 toy...out side of playing around with the printer while learning how to use it of course. Making a $20 phone case would be a different story, though.

They're decent for small-scale business. Actually, combining this with injection molding wouldn't be too bad for those of us who can't spend tens of thousands on tooling for a mold for the smallest of components. I want one so I want make a case for a handheld Raspberry Pi. As long as the software is free or at least included, then I see this taking off.
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