3D Printers under development in the U.S

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    Full Article.
     
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    she:"I think we are running out of cups for the party tonight"
    he:"don't worry, I'll print out some more..."

    My whole family would get little plastic toys for Christmas if I had one of these :D
     
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    As someone who does 3D animation this would be so cool to print out actual models of my creations on the computer. The potential is incredible. :D

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    Imagine some of those creations on that japanese mac guy's website :D :D :D
     
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    Only thing is you'd still have to paint them, but that would be fun to do as well....

    I hope these become cheap enough that you might be able to go to Kinkos one day with your 3d model and get it 'printed'.

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    I wonder if you would still have to buy that dumb print card :rolleyes: ;)
     
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    Architecture...

    I could design a building and have a scaled model

    forget your cardboard!
     
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    Ah geez, perverts are going to start printing out 3-D models of females. :( Or worse, Lara Croft.
     
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    i was about to say...screw animation, the ability to just print out an architecture model instead of using fiber board etc to spend days making a small repilca would be a god send!
     
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    And is that really a *bad* thing?

    I mean this would keep perverts *away* from people and just gluded to their printers.

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    More likely glued to their printouts :p
     
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    Yeah you got the idea.
     
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    So you'd have an off white model of the female form....big deal. I'm sure when laser printers and color laser printers came out everyone was talking about how much it would be used for printing out pictures of naked women.....I don't think it happens all that much.

    Of course there are exceptions, but the potential uses for this are huge! I can't wait.

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    uhlawboi80, do you practice Architecture? If so, do you use a Mac, and what program??
     
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    they're already using high-end models in medical and other applications. a friend of mine was telling me about getting one installed in the lab he works in, and to calibrate/test it they "printed" (or whatever the active verb is -- fabricate?) some objects that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to make -- solids embedded within unbroken solids, linked rings without seams, etc. i guess it's a lot of fun to use a physical paradox as a paperweight.
     
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    Dude! That kind of thing would have saved me soooo many sleepless nights in lab cutting little pieces of museum board with an x-acto knife, would have saved me several knife injuries too. We did have a sort of a 3d printer but it was subtractive rather than additive, some kind of laser that ate away at a foam shaped block. Not very effective or pretty though.

    Anyone who does architecture on the mac should check out Vector Works for designing. Very nice for everything from mass-modeling to construction documents. Also check out this site which is dedicated to mac-based AEC designers.
     
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    I read an article in discover magazine in 1994 that talked about 3D faxing. A laser scanned an object, and then, at the other end, it was build using layer after layer of a clear polymer resin. It was pretty dang cool. They showed pictures of the output. I think it was being developed by a medical technology company for doctor's to use in studying bones and other such things. The applications are endless though. It's cool to finally hear more about this technology. I'm sure it's advanced amazingly since the mid 90's.

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    Re: 3D Printers under development in the U.S

    There was an article like this in the NY Times Circuit Section several months ago. It is really cool but it will probably be forever until it is cheap enough for the consumer. I bet it would be pretty popular in toy companies also, but I don't know how they make their models now anyway. They probably would have molds which are most likely better for mass-production. Anyhoo, the technology is coo.
     
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    Re: Re: 3D Printers under development in the U.S

    Ah, but if you use a ceramic compound for making the 3D model (like they said was an option) what's to say you can make the molds with this tech? Any simple boolean subtraction function could get you one easily. ;)

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    to all modelers out there, here is your chance to get a 3D print of your best CG model...

    "monthly modeling contest, the winner will receive a 10x8x8 in. plaster model of their entry"

    http://www.3darttopart.com/Contest.php
     
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    Thelast paragraph of the article:

    "We don't feel our technology is expensive," said Mr DeHart. "Our entry level system starts at $30,000 and that system can support all powder types and all the geometric models."

    Mr. A, I hear what you were saying about using the current laser printers for naked photos. But when 3D printers come out, somebody will want to find a hack for rubber contraceptives. [​IMG]

    One can probably imagine the cost of plaster cartridges...then freak out. [​IMG][​IMG]
     

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