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Old 07-12-2011, 02:51 AM
 
Location: Chesterfield,Virginia
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Some of you may have seen this before but I haven't (unless you count Star Trek).

They actually print an adjustable wrench in 3D and the guy uses it to tighten a bolt!

Next will be the .. Holodeck!


YouTube - ‪3D Printer‬‏
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Old 07-12-2011, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Laser lithograph is pretty damn amazing, too.

Dailymotion - Rapid Prototyping from BMW: high speed with high technology - ein Auto-Moto Video
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Old 07-12-2011, 05:35 PM
 
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It is cool and there is lot of great applications for it like design, development and custom work. Once it scales up and becomes affordable it will be the norm for many manufacturers. Something like that could change the entire structure of business, if you can make anything with it you could manufacture everything you need for your product in house.
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Chesterfield,Virginia
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It is cool and there is lot of great applications for it like design, development and custom work. Once it scales up and becomes affordable it will be the norm for many manufacturers. Something like that could change the entire structure of business, if you can make anything with it you could manufacture everything you need for your product in house.
I think that the next major step will be in the types of materials that can be used to make different products!?

That is going to be tough .. for instance, making that wrench out of steel!?
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Old 07-12-2011, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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I think that the next major step will be in the types of materials that can be used to make different products!?

That is going to be tough .. for instance, making that wrench out of steel!?
Shapeways can do stainless, although it's probably more ornamental than structural.


YouTube - ‪Shapeways 3D Metal Printing‬‏
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:33 AM
 
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I think that the next major step will be in the types of materials that can be used to make different products!?

That is going to be tough .. for instance, making that wrench out of steel!?
Like any tech it will take time but the benefits are huge, for example a car manufacturer or any manufacturer would never have to retool their line. They can be building different model cars within the same plant with very few costs. The design to production phase becomes very streamlined because they would no longer need outside vendors for a lot of parts.
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Old 07-13-2011, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Another good application for this technology would be easy manufacture of parts/hardware that are no longer made.

For instance, if you have a house with really old cabinet handles that aren't made anymore, you could send an example/specs to these guys and have them print one off for you.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Chesterfield,Virginia
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Another good application for this technology would be easy manufacture of parts/hardware that are no longer made.

For instance, if you have a house with really old cabinet handles that aren't made anymore, you could send an example/specs to these guys and have them print one off for you.
Teeth!

I need new teeth! :
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Teeth!

I need new teeth! :
Hey, not a bad idea.
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