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3D Printers - My Inner Geek Wants One

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I'm an engineer and I tend to keep current on technology.  I've been watching 3D printing for the last few years.  I can tell you that we have 3 massive 3d printers at work that are basically running 24/7.  The amount of stuff we can do with them would blow your mind.  But the interesting thing is that there is a company out there that brings the power of this stuff right to your home.

https://www.prusaprinters.org/

 

The guy in charge of our industrial grade machines has one of these at home.  As do 3 others that also use work's 3d printers.  That's a pretty big ringing endorsement for me.

 

Of course, the fact that the demo picture is printing a dragon helps ;)

 

I plan on picking up a Prusa printer when I have completed stage 2 of my mancave project.  I need a nice temperature regulated place to keep my new printer before I go and buy it.  I figure putting it in the new workshop I'm designing and building would be the best bet.

 

Is anyone here playing with 3d printing yet?

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I personally would have little use. It’s amazing technology though. Replicating limbs at an affordable cost. A friend replicated a new part for a machine he had, long discontinued. The technology is also becoming much more affordable. Uses are endless.

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2 minutes ago, BlindAmbition said:

Uses are endless.

They sure are.  for games like @BHopper2, you can print your own miniatures.  In fact, there is a company out there that specializes in selling you 3d models to print for gaming.

Just one of many:

http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/?page_id=2567

 

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56 minutes ago, Myr said:

They sure are.  for games like @BHopper2, you can print your own miniatures.  In fact, there is a company out there that specializes in selling you 3d models to print for gaming.

Just one of many:

http://www.fatdragongames.com/fdgfiles/?page_id=2567

 

Thanks for the Head's up... I've got to check them out.

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Now that I'm getting closer to my move, I'm looking more and more at what I want to put in my workshop.  I'm planning on renovating/building said workshop this summer and ordering a 3d printer by fall.

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I don't use a 3d printer myself but because I have a suspicion that with a few more advancements they will revolutionize engineering and industry, I used the idea of a future 3d printer giving an AI independence from human support as a tenet in my Mparntwe story.

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Good Grief! The capabilities I posited in my Mparntwe story for 3D-printers 100 years in the future are evidencing here and now.

I think this article about 3D-printing being able to reach molecular limits, as of right now, might be of interest - it sure grabbed my attention.

 

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180620162430.htm

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Yeah... science fiction is starting to get too much like work for me. lol.

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