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This is the natural progression of what can be accomplished using CNC controls and 3D digital modeling, except instead of cutting tools as would be used on a CNC machining center, this machine uses heat, polymer, and binder to produce a 3D object.

One of my previous employers used a much earlier generation of this same basic technology to make prototype parts, but that machine was nowhere near as sophisticated as this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZboxMsSz5Aw&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Truly amazing!  Star Trek is becoming less and less far-fetched!


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Now that was very cool.
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That is cool. People are even buying these kits and building their own 3D printers. I was reading just the other day about this guy who has modified one to print using clay. A couple years ago there was an article about MakerBot that I remember coming across in Wired. At the time, they were nowhere near the resolution of the commercial units, but something like a grand to build.

I don't foresee a time when people will just hit a button whenever they want to make a new toy or something without leaving home, but for anyone who wants to make plastic parts or prototypes it will be cool to have around. Even if you can expand a user base from 1000 to 10,000 you start creating opportunities.
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Never would have thought there was a need, but that is amazing.

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But can the printer replicate itself?
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We use something similar to rapid prototype parts all the time.  The difference is that system uses powdered substrate materials and shoots epoxy/resin to generate parts.  The system we use has mulitple polymer threads that it feeds into thermal inkjet heads and shoot to build the model in mulitple layers.
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Thats kewl, I would have molds of my butt to mail to all my friends. That would e awesome!!!!
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Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

Thats kewl, I would have molds of my butt to mail to all my friends. That would e awesome!!!!
 
Then, there are the "problems" with technology...
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We use 3D printing to produce patterns for our tool and die castings up to 1.5 m in length. The quality of the resulting castings puts standard castings to shame.
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SHAZAM!
Can that thing (or something like it) make parts from compooter images like a 3D cadcam?
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We use solid models created from the parent CATIA files.
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Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

Thats kewl, I would have molds of my butt to mail to all my friends. That would e awesome!!!!

Just what the doctor ordered BD.  Permanent sand in your crack!

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Very cool indeed. Excellent
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Can it do wives without the Beotch factor.Stepford wife comes to mind [:}
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