Could we make our own Transformers with 3d Printers?

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  1. ToddJumper

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    3d Printers are on the rise, and getting cheaper and cheaper.
    They can technically take any 3d Model, and create it in physical form.
    This could potentially reverse the need to have car parts, mechanical parts and even toys to stop being produced in Japan and China, why have them shipped across seas anymore when Hasbro or even third parties could do the same thing right here in America with a 3d printer.

    Interesting article.

    3D Printing Stocks
     
  2. Ranger Silver 6

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    there is still the cost of materials. Though this might be good for the guys on here that use shapeways since they could do it themselves
     
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    Yes, people already do through Shapeways. But the technology is still not there to make them cheaply, or with great complexity in an efficient and reliable manner.

    The technology is growing by leaps and bounds though, and I think we'll see consumer-available 3D printers become more ubiquitous within our lifetimes. For now, they're where computers were in the 70s.
     
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    I await the first 3D printer made by a 3D printer.
     
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    I would love to see that day come, at it be the only way I'll ever get some BW MP figures.
     
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    no - transformers own and copyright be belong hasbro and tarkara - tomy
     
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    In theory, we could make our own TFs with 3-D printers and, eventually, the technology will be cheap enough for widespread consumer use. However, judging by the amount of complaining there is about the Arms Microns ("RARRGGH, Takara's lazy for expecting me to assemble my own toy!"), I can't see many people in this fandom who would actually be willing to put in the effort to create, print and assemble their own figures.
     
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    Hahahahh.


    ... or a KFC right by some fat kid's house.
     
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    Yeah, that'll definatly not stop 3rd party companies! Not at all.
     
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    They already do, to a degree. That's the philosophy behind reprap (google it).
     
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    3D Printers would be useful for individual Parts. Say you're missing The Gas Can and Spare Tire for G1 Hound (The two Parts that are almost always missing from loose G1 Hounds) Instead of paying an arm and a leg for 2 parts you won't find for cheap, you just input the Model and an hour later, BOOM, you now have your missing parts.

    Apart from the Already "Build it yourself" Arms Microns, which come packaged on a Sprue grid anyway, Full Transformers would be much less feasible due to them having many different parts made of different materials as well as metal parts that would have to be machined separate from the Plastic parts. Its not like Copying and Pasting a document on your desktop, Printing a complex system of moving parts would be more akin to dumping a box of LEGO pieces on the floor and expecting them to assemble themselves into a Hotel. It doesn't work that way. 3D Printers can only produce static objects Like the Raptor whistle in Jurassic Park /// or a wheel, or a Missile. You would have to assemble the figure by hand like an intricate 3D Puzzle from all the different bits and pieces.
     
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    ^You say that like it's a problem!
     
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    Having access to a Makerbot Replicator I can tell you yes, you could print a toy whole cloth. The problem comes in that the resolution of the printer is still not great. Anything like a face with fine detail will be smudged out. A smooth curve, like that on a plane's wings, comes out as a series of small steps along the length. You can do a few tricks and work hard to get it close, but nothing like the quality we expect as fans.
     
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    So Many Vehicons...
     
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    Would save Hasbro a lot of money.
     
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    Actually, once you include 3D scanners (which also exist) it could cost them money. I mean, if you had those in your house, army building would be far less costly. But at the same time, mass-producing on Hasbro's end would also be less costly so you could be right.
     
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    That's assuming they wouldn't just work completely in digital, if they were going to support makerbots. All the designwork is done in CAD anyway, why bother completely making the figure and then scanning it, when they could just sell you the plans?

    Of course, by selling people plans, they open up a whole new avenue of piracy and could potentially poison their own pool, revenue-wise.
     
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    wrong forum for this thread
     
  20. ToddJumper

    ToddJumper Toddimus

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    I do not understand? This is a "general discussion" forum, where should we talk about 3d printers at? Every general discussion board I have ever used has been "open topic"

    Thanks!
     

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