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  1. aeleven

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    So, how much are the materials?
     
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    That's pretty awesome. I can't wait! But 30% seems WAY too high.
     
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    A friend of mine has a makerbot and using it to make your own 3rd party figures would be unfeasible, time-consuming, and expensive.

    5 years from now, if the technology keeps advancing, however...
     
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    ^ I agree. How many people would even know what to do with them?
     
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    I would imagine the market would evolve into a system where you could download other people's designs into your machine and print them.
    Kinda like an instant shape ways
     
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    It would still take a lot of time to print materials.
     
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    I have one on the way. It's not a $19,999 model ($350) but I expect to do some good stuff with it. I realize there are limitations but I also realize you get out what you put in.
     
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    You might also want to look into getting a hot-knife or soldering iron set to smooth out rough spots from the printing or remove flash.
     
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    Also acetone. That will melt ABS and give it a nice sheen.
     
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    flamepanther Interested, but not really

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    I'm thinking in five years the home models will be about where Shapeways is now, which will be exciting, but still a long way from resin casting or injection molding. On the other hand, Shapeways might be approaching the quality of casted plastics by then.
     
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    Ugh - just be careful with that. I've ruined more stuff than I've ever fixed with it.
     
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    Yup, but be careful with the stuff, because it evaporates really quickly if you don't seal the container really well, it's toxic to humans and eats through most synthetic gloves, and can actually dissolve magnesium.

    You could try non-acetone nail polish remover as well, not sure how well it works with ABS though.
     
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    Won't work, needs to be acetone. Not too worried about working with it as it is made for people to rub on their fingernails and I'm not going to drink it or bathe in it.

    You just give your printed item a quick dip in it and rinse it off or let it air dry.

    You can also make a handy ABS glue with it by dissolving a large volume of ABS in it.
     
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    I hadn't thought of the ABS glue idea. That's clever.

    You could also use a hair-dryer on warm rather than hot to dry it off faster after the dip. I would have gone with brushing on the acetone and then rinsing with a spraybottle of water with the item in a tray, if only because I wouldn't need as much acetone for larger pieces, but yeah, a dip is the easiest way to use it I would think.
     
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    There's a place I know that has something like this. The only problem is that the plastic it prints isn't so strong.
     

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