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trillion
Brisbane, Queensland
2798 posts
ok so there was a thread a little while ago on here about 3d printing stuff

i want to print a train for someone

i don't know the guage of the set, so i'll have to find that out first. haven't started on

can i just cruise in like a big man on campus to one of the printers and have it sorted lickity split for a fiver or so a print or is there more to it than that?

if i'm being a bit too special also mention that if you need to, kinda need to get this idea out of my head if it's too difficult. as in still an emerging tech and not standard simple to get a product from

thank you
05:38pm 19/01/13 Permalink
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DoCZero
Melbourne, Victoria
153 posts
Hi Trillion,

first of all you will need a 3d model of this (using something like solidworks or autodesk inventor), the second part is time and money. The printers are very slow (like overnight for something like a train) and the printing medium is expensive.

3d printers are big business , and very worth while (my company uses them in product design), but its only for prototyping, too costly for production purposes.
11:14pm 19/01/13 Permalink
hardware
Brisbane, Queensland
10480 posts
when you get

listen

when you get a 3d printer

can you

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can you please

print

get this

print me

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print me a 3d printer
09:53pm 22/02/13 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
21435 posts
presuming this is a model train and you're not trying to print out a life size train for some unknown reason. Why not just go to a model shop and buy a model train?
09:55pm 22/02/13 Permalink
natslovR
Sydney, New South Wales
8124 posts
I will get a 3D printer for home as soon as they are affordable and precise enough to pirate Lego, and if it can print firearms then that's a bonus.
10:07pm 22/02/13 Permalink
thermite
Brisbane, Queensland
10790 posts
why don't they just come out with a machine that can copy anything

a big one and a little one so the big one can copy the little one

i imagine it looks like a microwave

you could give it to pov countries to copy food

go
10:11pm 22/02/13 Permalink
natslovR
Sydney, New South Wales
8125 posts
Ummm the open source 3D printers are designed to print themselves

http://www.reprap.org

They don't look like microwaves
10:25pm 22/02/13 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
21439 posts
Combine that with the video I saw on military robots the other night.

we're screwed.

e: here's the video
11:26pm 22/02/13 Permalink
Crakaveli
USA
6262 posts
why don't they just come out with a machine that can copy anything

a big one and a little one so the big one can copy the little one

i imagine it looks like a microwave

you could give it to pov countries to copy food

go
That's so stupid it might just work!
11:29pm 22/02/13 Permalink
Tollaz0r!
Brisbane, Queensland
13366 posts
I think I head the cost of materials is something like $1.50/cm3 for the less durable stuff. That includes the support material that is water soluble and you dunk it in a water bath for a bit to dissolve it off.

You will need a 3D CAD type file to print from, the printer software/hardware automagically adds the support structures where required.

There a some companies popping up that will print you stuff when you have them the CAD type file (not sure the exact format). You can always get it done overseas and sent to you. That $1.50/cm3 would be a base cost to give you an idea if you are paying too much or getting a bargain. Expect more like $2.0/cm3
01:41pm 23/02/13 Permalink
arkter
Gold Coast, Queensland
1229 posts
I will get a 3D printer for home as soon as they are affordable and precise enough to pirate Lego, and if it can print firearms then that's a bonus.


http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/133514-the-worlds-first-3d-printed-gun
03:48pm 24/02/13 Permalink
Fish
Brisbane, Queensland
3012 posts
There are a few companies (eg: Shapeways or Ponoko) that'll print a file for you. Various materials and colours are available as well. You can get some fairly detailed stuff there. I think they generally take STL & OBJ files.

Otherwise, make friends with someone with access to a printer (ie: Industrial design students).

If you don't need it to be very detailed, you could hit up HSBNE as they have a working printer (Reprap Mendel), but it's setup to print with PLA, not as durable as ABS as well. The Edge (state library) has a few printers was well (Reprap Mendel & UP). But I don't know what the deal is with using them.

I could potentially do it as well but am too lazy at the moment to verify that my machine is still properly calibrated.
10:45am 25/02/13 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
36747 posts
Speaking of 3d printing, how about this story: http://www.3ders.org/articles/20130213-new-3d-printing-company-received-takedown-notice-from-hbo-for-ip-infringement.html

In a nutshell, someone makes a neat 3d printable iPod dock thing based on the Game of Thrones iron throne, then HBO come along with a C&D.
11:14am 25/02/13 Permalink
ravn0s
Brisbane, Queensland
16705 posts
trog, i'm sure it would have been fine if she wasn't selling them.
11:23am 25/02/13 Permalink
eski
Perth, Western Australia
1408 posts
Speaking of 3d printing, how about this story: http://www.3ders.org/articles/20130213-new-3d-printing-company-received-takedown-notice-from-hbo-for-ip-infringement.htmlIn a nutshell, someone makes a neat 3d printable iPod dock thing based on the Game of Thrones iron throne, then HBO come along with a C&D.



That's super interesting! They've banned the instruction set, rather than the product itself. Its like someone selling sheet music of all the latest pop hits. This is the sort of s*** that keeps lawyers up at night.

edit - actually no, they banned the printed product. awwww.
11:38am 25/02/13 Permalink
Ospi
Brisbane, Queensland
377 posts
Been trying to talk my boss into buying one of these. Sucks when you need to spend a few k on a billet of AL for prototyping purposes! Thanks for the links to the companies who do it though, may come in handy.
04:17pm 25/02/13 Permalink
Cheez
Brisbane, Queensland
788 posts
Around the 5min mark they talk about printing organs, I think I heard somewhere that someone printed an ear.

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/83140672/
09:39pm 07/03/13 Permalink
redhat
Sydney, New South Wales
917 posts
I will get a 3D printer for home as soon as they are affordable and precise enough to pirate Lego, and if it can print firearms then that's a bonus.


When I get a 3D printer, I'll print you off a 3D printer.
08:47am 08/03/13 Permalink
koopz
Brisbane, Queensland
9936 posts
piracy aside, the tech is well worth looking at.


but yeah - pr0n and piracy will prolly launch it
09:07pm 12/03/13 Permalink
Fish
Brisbane, Queensland
3015 posts
speaking of porn...
http://dongiverse.com/
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Peeka
Melbourne, Victoria
358 posts
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