Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Dark_Convoy, Jun 10, 2007.
At $5000+, I wouldn't call those consumer level but I can see a lot of businesses will buying them.
Holy crapola. I could make tons of spare Federation warp engines, extra guns for the Autobots and Decepticons, my own fleet of Vipers for the Galactica...
Oh my gawd. WANT WANT WANT WANT
Even though I'm not a toy customizer, imagine how much this could be used by those that are.
If it is what I think it is...
We could all make the custom HOS Prime?
Make a TFW Boom Box toy!
$5000 is definitely consumer level, hell I see TVs and high end PCs that go for that price all the time.
hmmmmmm, at a closer glance however, these are only good for rapid prototyping and study models, the maximum dimensions are only 5 x 5 x5 inches!!!
also, the printing resolution is quite low:
if you are designing parts as small and detailed as engines, guns, etc.... imagine going in there and sanding smooth all the details.
if you are seriously considering purchasing one i would wait it out, until the print resolution improves. in the mean time, there are plenty of companies out there who can 3-d print your .stl files for reasonable costs ($5 cubic inch for plaster and $11 cubic inch for abs plastic)
The thing is this is a step in the right direction, quality will improve and prices will come down, I could imagine using a device like this to replace broken knobs on your stove or replace various cracked/broken hardware on any number of househould items, hell you could even print out a comb.
Most consumers aren't going to spend $5000 on anything, including TV's and computers. When these printers are cheap enough to be bundled with Dells, then they're ready for consumers.
Finally a way to make a NES to play all those NES roms on!
Finally I can make my velociraptor voice chamber.
...to scare those damn kids off my lawn.
There have been cheaper ones on the market for a while now.
you could print out a dildo!
I suppose you could, KA. *backs out of thread ASAP*
They do, but the level of accuracy for those components is awfully crude. The one in your link would be useful for anyone doing large-scale, reeeeally early-stage rapid prototyping, but I don't see it being useful for any fine-scale stuff.
Honestly, I don't know for what reason a bulk of the regular consumer population would buy 3D printers, but I know I'd be buying it for fine-scale stuff. It seems like those ones in the links at the top of the thread get closer to a level of fine-scale detail that I'd like.
Those prints don't look much rougher than some of the sloppier resin models that are available. Some filler, some putty, some sandpaper, and it'd be good to go for hobbyists.
That said, hobbyists aren't going to toss five grand at something like this just yet. It's still a cool concept, and the prices getting lower is a good thing. Give it another few years. It'll only get better and cheaper.
I used a rapid prototyper during my brief flirtation with an engineering education at GA Tech, and got about halfway through a multi-piece GI Joe firebase for a project before changing directions. That's the one thing I miss about the field.
If we're here right now, think about where we'll be in a decade or so.
Damn, that's just incredible.
At least for me, it's mostly that, but it's also the quality I've seen on other resin garage kits vs. the quality that some these devices seem capable of, at least at this point. The level of detail on some of the kits at Federationmodels.com rivals that of the injection-molded plastic kits that, say, Ertl or Monogram sell in stores. For the most part, hobbyists loathe having to clean up or accurize very generalized parts, because the level of detail that's sacrificed in making a "rough kit" is often frustrating and disappointing.
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