The awesomeness of 3D Printers (the nongun thread please)

Thu 13 Jun, 2013 07:15 am
Who here is fascinated with the creative potential and democratic nature of 3D printing. As 3D printers come more affordable by the passing months, do you think you'll ever own one and use it to create functional and/or decorative art for your home? For sale?

Intriguing video about one possibility in 3D printing and creativity:
l'Artisan Electronique
For L’Artisan Electronique, Unfold modified an open source 3d printer to print ceramics.

If you want to babble about guns and 3D printing please take it to the political thread already in session. Thank you in advance:
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Thu 13 Jun, 2013 07:29 am
I would totally have loved to have something like that available at a few points in my life to create prototypes of things!

It seemed like I was always needing a thing that "looked like this" and "worked like that". Luckily I knew a few McGyver types who could come up with something that worked but a 3D printer would have been brilliant.
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Thu 13 Jun, 2013 07:38 am
I would be interested in one if it was very inexpensive. But probably for me it would probably always be a novelty item, not a necessity.
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Thu 13 Jun, 2013 07:44 am
I keep threatening to make one. If only I had a device that could do it for me....
Thu 13 Jun, 2013 07:51 am
3D printers that can make more 3D printers is one step closer to the time when the robots take over and become our new overlords.
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Thu 13 Jun, 2013 08:12 am
For me, the cost would probably have to come down around $200 before I would consider one. But I don't have a specific use for one. A prototyping business is probably already well within the necessary ROI for owning one (or many).

The speed for doing the printing might also have to improve before home consumers would want one. My Mom is a "Crafter", and I know she would love one of these things (far more than I would), but it's still not worth $1000 I don't think, even for her.

Home Versions: around $1000
Pro version MakerBot : $2189

Here are a few more videos with examples:

Download plans for stuff here: http://www.thingiverse.com
Thu 13 Jun, 2013 09:56 am
I want one that will make things out of cotton candy.
Thu 13 Jun, 2013 04:07 pm
Doing "rough outs" of ones ideas from a sketch is what Id like to see. Doing the "rough out" of a duck decoy or an animal carving. Then hand doing the final artsy carving and finishing would stille be a sculpture.
Ive done plenty of sketching and then taking up and resizing on a computer and then shoot it on a canvas to do a final painting. 3D sounds like any other tool that assists the artist.
Ive seen 3D printings of scanned photos and they look kinda primitive. (Mays SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE was devoted to 3D printing in the arts).

They still cant "print" durable goods that require machining, (like really hot cams for race cars)

It still depends on the creativity of the craftsman. It doesn't "do it for you".
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Thu 13 Jun, 2013 04:32 pm
Beats the hell out of butt pictures from the Xerox.
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