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Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:39 AM

 

Amazing 3D Printer!

This will help you wrap your mind around how these work and how amazing these things are. Mind blowing.

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DaniDubois Dec 2012 OP
NoOneMan Dec 2012 #1
rightsideout Dec 2012 #2
PoliticAverse Dec 2012 #3
johnnie Dec 2012 #4
backscatter712 Dec 2012 #5
Historic NY Dec 2012 #6
gollygee Dec 2012 #7
Barack_America Dec 2012 #8
Comrade_McKenzie Dec 2012 #9

Response to DaniDubois (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:40 AM

1. I hear with enough plastic you can print a new earth with these

 

That might come in handy in 50 years

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Response to DaniDubois (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:43 AM

2. Boeing uses them too

It's pretty cool. I saw a video of Boeing using a 3-D printer to print out a concept of a jet fighter.

I want one of these printers for Christmas.

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Response to DaniDubois (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:49 AM

3. Staples is planning to offer 3D printing in-store...

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Response to DaniDubois (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 12:50 AM

4. We just got one at work

Very cool! But very slow.

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Response to DaniDubois (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 02:36 AM

5. Awesome technology!

I want to play!

One use for this tech is for astronauts on deep space missions.

Say you're on a trip to Mars, you're months, or even years away from Earth, and a vital part in your ship's life support system breaks.

Due to weight constraints, you don't have a spare.

No problem! Have Houston send you the CAD file for that part, send it to your ship's 3-d printer, and make one!

Here's a more scary use.

There are some libertarian folks who have been creating designs for 3-d printed firearms.

Yep. Print yourself a gun!

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ggggggggggggggg-article-1.1213618?localLinksEnabled=false

These guys made an AR-15 with some of the parts printed with a 3-D printer.

Results weren't spectacular - the gun fell apart after only six shots.

But really, you only need one shot to kill someone.

They were talking about a self-defense weapon - a plastic pistol you print on your 3-d printer, that would only fire a few shots before it died, but then you just print another one.

People were freaking about Glocks going through metal detectors at airports. A Glock has a steel barrel, a steel slide, a steel spring, and other miscellaneous parts made out of metal. It would be detected easily by a metal detector.

A 3-d printed plastic gun would not. It would resemble the plastic gun used by the villain in that Clint Eastwood movie In The Line of Fire.

Alternatively, there are 3-d printers that can print metal parts - they use a laser to fuse a metal powder layer by layer. You could make a gun that way too.

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Response to DaniDubois (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:52 AM

6. Wow I got some small plastic interior car parts that could use this technology...

its probably too expensive.

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Response to DaniDubois (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:58 AM

7. That is so cool!

Wow.

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Response to DaniDubois (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:01 AM

8. I think I understand how they work, I'm not sure I understand how they function.

And how it helps me to have a plastic model of something else.

I guess if I were a business person who had to bring a model for a demonstration, simply printing it out at my destination could be shipping or traveling with it.

But otherwise.

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Response to DaniDubois (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:11 AM

9. The future. nt

 

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