Science and Technology : Makerbot - 3-D Printing For The Masses

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  1. Gorilla

    Gorilla Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Product Page: http://www.makerbot.com/
    Technical Specs: https://store.makerbot.com/replicator2.html#specifications

    General information and commentary on 3-D Printing:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_printing
    http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/01/ff_newrevolution/all/1
    http://jacobinmag.com/2012/10/the-3-d-printed-future-and-its-enemies/

    Thingiverse (A collection of Physibles): http://www.thingiverse.com/

    These things are getting better and better. I'm impressed with what's out now and I can't imagine 20 years out. This machines are good for producing products, tools, replacement parts, artwork etc.

    A video of someone taking the time to make an elegant solution for a mounted kitchen light that needs repair:

     
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    a 3d printer is my next tech purchase.. been waiting for this technology for quite a while. The DIY kits are a bit more affordable then the makerbot.. but this is a fabulous technology.. it bring professional-level manufacturing to the neighborhood garage. The possibilities are endless.. and just as so many IT jobs are disappearing into the cloud, these devices represent a whole new class of technology that will require on-site setup, maintenance, service and support.. A 3d printing shop has a tremendous early market potential..
     
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    How I love technology.
     
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    This is being called the next industrial revolution by the guy who is sometimes credited with kicking off the hobbyist airspace rush for DIY UAVs. It's going to have some pretty serious implications for the types of people we raise when the modern past time is engineering up your own physibles and printing them out.

    I also cant wait to see what the DIY bio movement does with them.

    I'll have the opportunity of getting some hands on time with the Makerbot CNC Cupcake which should be pretty fun.
     
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    Someday I will be able to turn all my blend model into real model. Can't wait to have these babies as toys I can sell together with my game

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    If you can turn it into CAD, you can probably get it into g-code pretty easily.
     
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    Pretty cool. Were I technically savvy, I'd patent a color add.
     
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    The tech is in its infancy still but give 5 years or so you'll have way better printers at cheaper price. Besides, you don't need to be a modeller; you just need to download a model and print it.
     
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    Yes, should be possible.
     
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    That's great. But in the tech world, it's about racing for the patent. If you patented how to make color 3D printing, you could get in on the fortune to be had in 3D printing. That's what I'm saying.
     
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