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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


I believe the video said you can use their filament or a 3rd party.
     
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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.

I was thinking more along the lines of most consumers would just make what they wanted at home...but that is the future, currently it would be more of a business tactic to get on board with it.

However, I see a day in the very near future where if I need/want a small part I will just print it off rather than go to the hardware store and all those companies that specialize in small plastic parts will be a thing of the past if they don't evolve.
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I was thinking more along the lines of most consumers would just make what they wanted at home...but that is the future, currently it would be more of a business tactic to get on board with it.

However, I see a day in the very near future where if I need/want a small part I will just print it off rather than go to the hardware store and all those companies that specialize in small plastic parts will be a thing of the past if they don't evolve.

The possible impact of 3D printing is revolutionary...

Free open source software includes 3D printer models.
Recycling might make even more sense in that you throw things away and build something from it.

People start seeing the benefits and start investing on bigger and bigger units....
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How long before machines are DRM so that only licensed designs can be used? Imagine 3D printing an entire copy cat collection of starwars figures? Law suits would fly faster than the millennium falcon
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How long before machines are DRM so that only licensed designs can be used? Imagine 3D printing an entire copy cat collection of starwars figures? Law suits would fly faster than the millennium falcon

BOO! BAD PUN!

tongue.gif This is the Internet we're talking about. Anything you try tp pull spreads like wildfire. I would not worry about any of that crap. All you need to worry about is proprietary CAD files and DRM there.
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How long before machines are DRM so that only licensed designs can be used? Imagine 3D printing an entire copy cat collection of starwars figures? Law suits would fly faster than the millennium falcon

I am sure only if you sold them. In that case it would be no different than today. I could make some molds and start fabricating Millennium Falcons in my basement and selling them...but if Disney heard about it I'd be food for the mice. If I just wanted to decorate my home with them...that should be fine though.
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I was thinking more along the lines of most consumers would just make what they wanted at home...but that is the future, currently it would be more of a business tactic to get on board with it.

However, I see a day in the very near future where if I need/want a small part I will just print it off rather than go to the hardware store and all those companies that specialize in small plastic parts will be a thing of the past if they don't evolve.

I don't see major component companies having a demand problem.
What you will see are the cheap plastic product companies change, but makers of specific parts that play a functioning role will probably be even more established.
I am thinking about machines that have a high value cost. I wouldn't personally want to rely on a self made part that could potentially damage a very expensive machine.

So the future will be an interesting one. I do see lots of small things being made at home, like cookie cutters, or even fasteners, but anything with any significant importance I'd probably still rely on a fully established manufacturer.
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no way you could re-coupe the cost from just creating small toys, shower hangars, or cookie cutters tongue.gif

One word: Warhammer.
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no way you could re-coupe the cost from just creating small toys, shower hangars, or cookie cutters tongue.gif

One word: Warhammer.

This, so much freaking this. I'm tired of the damn monopoly GW has on Warhammer. I'm not paying $40 for 5 mini figures that may or may not be useful in most scenarios. Dont mind the termies sitting up there at $60 for a squad...
     
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At $200, i wouldve pledged, but seeing that this is actually $300, wont be available till 2015 and is being made by unknowns, I'd rather just wait. By 2015 they may have competition, and if they dont, im sure youll only have to wait a few months more to by it off their site.
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