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Take a look at this. Not a great amount of depth here but some really very interesting examples of what you can do with 3D printing...

http://www.evo.co.uk/features/features/261526/3d_printing_is_this_the_future.html

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Karl

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Amazing stuff, I wonder if this will ever make it to the consumer market? The main parts that I picked on was that they were using titanium metal powder which is welded together in layers. They use it to produce low volume, high value parts. Traditional machining produces is up to 90% waste from these parts and this has almost no waste because unused powder is thrown back into the hopper.

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Fantastic...

Too bad that is really astronomically expensive. I would love to have one of this at home - it would sure mean another dimension in visualization bigwink.png

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Ten years from now we'll be buying these from Toys R Us and giving them to kids for Christmas!

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Karl

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RepRap

Thing-o-matic

shapeways.com

It's all happening. We live in interesting times!

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I've seen stuff like this before!

it's incredible!

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Thing-O-Matic prints plastic objects 96mm x 108mm x 115 mm (w/l/h) maximum $1225 USD:

http://www.sync-blog.com/sync/2011/01/cheap-3d-printing-lets-you-make-your-own-spare-parts.html

http://www.makerbot.com/

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I've tried some of those online 3D printing services and I couldn't work out how to setup C4D to export properly for them. They all failed to be imported into the sites.

I managed to do some basic tests of spheres that did work but the scale was way off. Haven't found a printing service yet that has any helpful info on dealing with C4D. Plenty of info on the other big name renderers, grrrr.

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I'd love to be able to print my 3D work. That would open up a whole world to me. I keep an RSS feed going that tracks all the online services and hardware and pop into it now and again to see how things are going.

I'm really waiting for online services to become cheap enough to allow you to start printing batches of 6"-12" very high resolution models that are printed already painted and then be able to sell them at an attractive price that can compete

Or, and this is the real dream. A machine I can use at home to print plastic copies that I could paint myself. resolution seems to be the real problem here. The high res printers still cost silly money. Stuff like Makerbot is really not very useful for artists.

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I heard this is done with lazers is it not?

My highschool has one in their engineering/design class and I'm curious to see how it works

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That must have been cool having access to that printer. Regarding file formats. I'd imagine it would be quite easy to export a model and get it to print directly on a 3D printer. The problem for me is using those websites that have a form that processes your 3D model first. That's where I've struggled but i'm probably doing something really dumb. Other people seem to be using those online sites for printing quite happily.

Here's a pretty smart true desktop printer that costs a few, rather than tens of thousands

http://3dprinting.co.nz/?page_id=5

http://3dprinting.co.nz/?page_id=99 Here is an example of what it can do. Impressive but not really fine enough for high res models. Getting closer to the dream of a truly affordable higres 3D printer though. smile.gif

http://www.tctmagazine.com/x/guideArchiveArticle.html?id=14359 Another, higher end set of printers, these are interesting simply because the resolution is good and there are colour models. So printing out a model of a human head, fully textured is possible. Here's a video of said printer showing just such a model http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ah1067HXNdM&feature=related

Makerbots new Thing-O-Matic probably represents the state of the art at the lowest price point. Well under two grand but the resolution isn't so great. http://blog.makerbot.com/2010/09/25/announcing-makerbots-new-3d-printer-the-thing-o-matic/

I don't think things are going to get really interesting for hobbyists until companies like Epson enter the market with their ability to sell huge quantities and therefore get the price down to hundreds of dollars. That revolution is coming but I wish it would hurry up. Already I've seen Canon are entering the market with home printers.

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It's coming to market, FAST. I've already seen a number of companies with web-presence offering fairly reasonable custom 3D printing out of stainless, and other durable materials.

I know for a fact that in the dental industry the devices are starting to replace entire dental labs (the places that make custom fillings, crowns, etc) because single offices can afford to buy their own machines which can print right to the ultra-hard synthetic materials which are used to create fillings and replacement teeth. The printers are already about a tenth the cost which they were only a few years ago. Pretty amazing.

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My dentist has a machine for making crowns and inlays from 3 D photos taken of your teath. However, it isn't a printer but a CNC milling machine that starts with a block of ceramic.

I like the Italian guy who has made a concrete printer that can print a house.

PS: Epson will wait until they can patent a plastic refill that costs a fortune.

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PS: Epson will wait until they can patent a plastic refill that costs a fortune.

That's probably eerily spot on as to how things will play out. Offset the cost of the machine by charging a fortune for the "ink"

I won't mind that as long as I can do what I do with regular printers, buy cheap compatible inks. Let the less educated pay for my subsidised cost 3D printer. I know I'm a horrible person for thinking that but I'll take it if it means a $500 3D printer can be mine that prints out full colour 3D models :D

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