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    3D printing is set to explode in applications here over the next few years. As the equipment gets cheaper and cheaper and more and more people/organizations have one more and more templates will become available for anyone to print. Projects like this are what it's all about.


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    Hi JP. I also have been keeping a casual eye on 3d printing development and I think their strength may be in slightly different application.

    The video you posted fistly while quite novel really doesnt show any real advantage in using 3d printing in this scenario. Practacally speaking the printed part in this application effectively just holds the glass bead in a focused position from the phones lens and given most phones are mass produced its likely more efficient to injection mould said part.

    On the other hand very small scale specialist manufactured equipment that break an integral part where the OEM price to replace renders the product an economic write off is an area whete I see lots of potentual.

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      I was expecting this to be about the recent story that was going around about a new 3D printing method that is _much_ quicker than current methods
      Liquid 3D prints really fast - Business Insider

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      • #4
        Indeed koshari, that's another area of huge potential.

        Before too many years are up 3D printing will impact virtually every aspect of our lives. From the simple to the complex, from the mundane to the extraordinary, from the mechanical to the biological, 3D printing will be there.


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        • #5
          Originally posted by taco View Post
          I was expecting this to be about the recent story that was going around about a new 3D printing method that is _much_ quicker than current methods
          Liquid 3D prints really fast - Business Insider
          And the tech marches on.


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          • #6
            I've been toying with building my own since I heard about the RepRap. Just haven't been inspired by the quality of the printed items I've seen, and the lack of structural integrity. Seems printers which can take fibre reinforced plastics are popping up now too.

            The CLIP looks really interesting (and less moving parts). I hate to think what they'll charge though.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MrJack View Post
              I've been toying with building my own since I heard about the RepRap. Just haven't been inspired by the quality of the printed items I've seen,
              the original generation of 3d printers effectively heaten up the stock dropped it in blobs and waited for it to cool down, hence quite course prints,
              Newer ones have a 2 part epoxy and mix it at the print head and it then hardens,

              Other ones use light sensitive solution and as they print the solution is subjected to U/V light and hardens.

              but they still lag behing extrusion moulding for finish quality.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by koshari View Post
                but they still lag behing extrusion moulding for finish quality.
                Yes, but for how long.


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