Maybe if we all pitch in, we can start making our own toys...

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  1. netkid

    netkid Where's my Goddamn shoe!

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    Desktop 3D printer - Alaris30 by Objet Geometries

    Saw this thing today and dear lord is it cool! Just think of all the things you could make with it! And the smooth look of the final pieces, not to mention their seamlessness and how flush the parts all fit together. Wow.

    Only thing is they don't list prices, so I'd imagine something this awesome would cost you the price of a large house of an Italian made sports car. Oh well, we can dream can't we?

    That toaster in the video rocks btw.
     
  2. kllrwlf

    kllrwlf Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the link... now I just need to find a desktop 3d scanner. :D 
     
  3. Xhairs

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    very cool.
     
  4. AnimatedFan

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    With the way technology moves, I wouldn't be surprised if some form of a home version of this device becomes available within the next 10 years.

    Though, they're obviously in use now, so someone who can get their mitts on one should share the wealth and start makin' us TF parts. I think we'd all pay reasonable prices for well made accessories for our figures.

    Hmm. Makes you wonder...Fansproject, do they have something like this to help them create their prototypes, or are they old school?
     
  5. Insane Galvatron

    Insane Galvatron is not insane. Really!

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    I'm actually in the process of finding where I can get a CAD ready mill and making a plastic injection molding machine from a drill press. Once I learn how to use SolidWorks to make my own molds, I plan to make some toys.

    It really depends on how well my classics seeker lasers will sell once I make them. Those will be my fund raising items to purchase the hardware I need to become my own toy factory.
     
  6. CryoPrime

    CryoPrime Cody A.

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    My high school that I graduated fromlast year has a 3-D printer.
     
  7. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP Dry built

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    *Ahem*



    DO WANT.
     
  8. Peanut04

    Peanut04 Under Construction

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    So, yea ok....that's just obscenely cool.
     
  9. repair_bay

    repair_bay Scramble Power!

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    I showed this to my uncle and he was interested in it too, since he makes model trains. I wonder how many children it would cost for us to buy one, though...
     
  10. QuinJester

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    Expect to pay between 15 and 25k for a decent 3D printer. The photosensitive resin they use is expensive, too. Not cheapo plastic, you're looking at maybe $10-15 of materials in a single add-on gun.
     
  11. SMOG

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    Wasn't griffith76 using a similar machine for his Hearts of Steel Optimus scratchbuild?

    zmog
     
  12. G3500

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    I've been looking into 3d printers for sum time now, I think for a cheap/descent one that prints well your looking at a minimum of 5K. What you can do is make your own design with solid works and save then in an .stl format and send it off to a company to print the prototype out for you. I'd like to get one to make my own set of masterpiece transformers or make a resized MP-03 haha
     
  13. Eric

    Eric RIP AND TEAR!!!

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    Oh hell yes. Just think, we can make custom heads for our Transformers toys. :D 
     
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    My dad is a jeweler and there's one of those at his job. Its pretty cool, but it would be very expensive to produce transformers with it.
     
  15. CryoPrime

    CryoPrime Cody A.

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    Yeah, definately really expensive, the only way our school could afford it was to split it with our rival High School and share it back and fourth between quarters.
     
  16. RKillian

    RKillian https://rktoys.myshopify.com

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    When I was researching options for a project like this, I found an abundance of places that would actually produce prototypes/molds/toys from a CAD file but absolutely nobody selling the services to get to that point....has this situation changed at all? I found the learning curve with mold casting to be a little steep and a bit pricey to keep screwing up on, but have no shortage of design sketches I'd like to see done in 3D.
     
  17. Malikon

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    that's very cool. I think I was reading about something like that in the new Game Informer magazine.
     
  18. Gingerchris

    Gingerchris Telly-headed Tyrant

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    Aw, and I really wanted an Optimus figure made out of rubies and sapphires. :( 
     
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    Maybe then I can finally make the Chuckles custom I've been putting off for AGES! :lol 
     
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    I work in a cad department. We've wanted one of those for ages. A nearby school (yes, school, as in MIDDLE) has one. It's fun to play with.

    It's totally the thing for prototypes. Then you mold and cast like normal. or so the plan goes.
     

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