3D printing

I guess the name speaks for its self.

3D printing

Postby Teiana on Thu Nov 25, 2010 5:41 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11834044

i am irrationally excited about this...

:) :)

" in contrast to early 3-D printing machines which cost around £20,000, Dr Bowyer says a RepRap machine comes in at just £300.

And the software and hardware specifications are all open source - meaning the machine can be duplicated freely."
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Re: 3D printing

Postby jim_lewis1 on Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:05 pm

I've been watching the development of 3D printing for a while now. I met Adrian Bowyer at Bath when I did an OU summer school there, and he showed me the machines and some stuff they'd made with them.

It is impressive, but I'm a bit sceptical of the quoted price, and to be honest the qualty of the finished pieces is not brilliant. Still a hugely influential project and yes, exciting possibilities.
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Re: 3D printing

Postby Andrea on Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:30 pm

jim_lewis1 wrote: exciting possibilities.....


A 3-D rich picture?!? :o
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Re: 3D printing

Postby jim_lewis1 on Sat Nov 27, 2010 9:38 am

there are some limitations, overcome in commercial machines using support material which is removed from the finished part, which are yet to be addressed in the RepRap machines.

Some info here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stereolithography

So 3D pictures, erm, sculptures?, not sure what advantages these would offer, have you got something specific in mind?
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Re: 3D printing

Postby Andrea on Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:44 pm

jim_lewis1 wrote: have you got something specific in mind?


Participatory 3-D modelling: http://www.iapad.org/participatory_p3dm.htm
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