Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 20 Jan 2010.
Ofcourse, generating loads of little houses and hotels to ensure that you always win at Monopoly! Printing a few extra Scrabble tiles wouldn't hurt either...
I suggest reading Makers by Cory Doctrow for the possibilites of at home 3D printers.
If there is a problem sharing music, imagine the kick back if people do start creating their own lego bricks at home. Someone posts the schematics for something that is patented and bam everyone's printing their own.
normally, there is this little chance i could lay my hands on a so called 'mendel', the last version of the reprap machine.
What average home needs a 3d printer
I'll tell you, not many
I'd love to be able to print off my own warhammer miniatures for cheap
Unfortunately they ain't good at making anything strong and detailed from what I've seen, there is a reason why they're called rapid prototyping machines.
I don't quite understand the concept. Is it going to print an image onto paper that uses colour and glasses to give a 3D image? If so, why can't any existing printer do that with the right software? If that's not the concept, what is it?
no, it is a printer that prints real objects, like a glass or box ect. there are several methods, one is to extrude plastic layer per layer, while the head goes up each time. another is by 'gluing' powder. difficult to explain. i know of liquid based systems also. and i'm sure there are lots more. the one thing common is that they are (very) expensive. exept for those open source variants of course
I think its more of a want, than a need, just like 90% of other hardware.
Yeah but you could make molds out of the prototypes you make and then do lead castings...
Ahhh, that makes much more sense.
Open source? Is that a design you download and print using your 3D printer?
Traditionally, 3d printers have been expensive to buy and expensive to maintain. If you think ink cartridges for normal printers are expensive, prepare to be shocked. 3D ink cartridges will cost a lot more and they are more prone to jamming.
what average home needed a computer 50 years ago? or a car 100 years ago? wait until they become good at printing useful stuff, then you will need one to print things for you, from utensils to tools to toys. someone will eventually figure out how to print something durable like lexan with enough resolution to be appealing, then all kinds of people will discover they have a use for it.
yup it is: www.thingiverse.com
and the printer i was talking about is reprap.org
This+MNPCTech Case design competitions = epic win!
I want one for next christmas, but at that price seems a litle impossible
Can you imagine, it would be like going back to childhood printing your own litle buildingas, and litle cars. Uuuuhhh Medieval Miniaturess!!!!!!!! (i just had a seizure)
Saw one of these on TV where a group of film artists designed a scale 3D render of Transformers' Bumblebee in and then 'printed' it out into some kind of plastic powder. When it hardened they reached in and pulled it out of the powder. Amazing and the detail was incredible.
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