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    Quote Originally Posted by dogsballs View Post
    is it toxic?

    can you make me a third testicle?
    They don't recommend you eat food from an ABS plastic container, and yes, I can print something that small.

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    Just finished.
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    My boss has been playing around with these things for the past few years.
    Makes his own bot parts to improve it, etc.

    I think he mainly uses it for prototyping housings for our products.

    Funky demonstration vid:

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    Thanks Bill, I can see that it was worth the effort.

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    Awesome stuff Billeh, I'm sure I need something made... just don't know what yet. Oh wait, strut brace brackets

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Rust View Post
    Thanks Bill, I can see that it was worth the effort.
    I was going to post it today, but I had to fix a minor emergency last night and only just got home a short while ago. I'll post it tomorrow - email me the address mate.




    Quote Originally Posted by Nitephyre View Post
    Awesome stuff Billeh, I'm sure I need something made... just don't know what yet. Oh wait, strut brace brackets
    I've had a think about it and figured out how to make it work and the brackets stiff enough, even with only the two bolt holes.

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    Sweet, also need your bank details?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Rust View Post
    Sweet, also need your bank details?
    Just use the regular PF Fund account details, I'll let you know how much the total is after I post it tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billzilla View Post
    I've had a think about it and figured out how to make it work and the brackets stiff enough, even with only the two bolt holes.
    Awesome, I'll pop in sometime soon... had the Cresshitbox today and other stuff came up.

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    just saw this now.. this is seriously cool!

    if i were able to use some kind of cad program, i would actually seriously consider buying this product. but i can't, and doing some quick head-maths, i suppose i only have a 500 dollar use for one..
    i'll just wait 10 more years so i can print me some widebody kits for shitty cars
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    Wow! Some amazing stuff in the near future from these machines.

    Before you know it, we’ll be building circuit boards with 3-D printers.

    In other words, 3-D printers will help us manufacture PCs. Or even, other 3-D printers.

    “Printing actual circuit boards is very close,” says David ten Have, CEO of 3-D printing outfit Ponoko. “Most of the assembly tools are completely automated anyway. I’m guessing 18 to 24 months.”

    Ten Have is discussing a 3-D printing technique known as “additive printing.” Whereas a standard printer jets ink onto paper, a 3-D printer builds three dimensional objects by layering materials — plastic, metals, rubbers — on top of each other. Each layer is about one three-thousandths of an inch thick. Some 3-D printing techniques have been around for over 20 years, but they’re finally getting to the point they can be used by the average company — not just the massive corporation.

    To build real-world circuit boards, ten Have explains, we need only two things. The first is file standardization. We need a common protocol that describes each design. Microsoft has made inroads here with its .NET Gadgeteer platform, but it’s far from standard. The second is a substrate material that works well with 3-D printers. With these two things in place, he says, a 3-D printer could select existing resistors, capacitors, and even microprocessors, and place them onto the substrate.

    No, we’re not talking about printing the actual microprocessor. Asked when this will happen, ten Have laughs. “I don’t really know about that one,” he says. But he notes that some microprocessors are built with graphene, a typical 3-D printing substrate.

    Ten Have was speaking at the San Francisco offices of Autodesk, the venerable 3-D design software maker. Ponoko partners with Autodesk. Engineers use Autodesk’s software to design an object before printing it with Ponoko hardware. Typically, these objects are printed with laser cut industrial cardboard or additively with various plastics, rubbers, and metals. Autodesk’s director of strategic research, Gonzalo Martinez, showed us a plastic motorcycle prototype built completely with a 3-D printer, down to the prototype disc brakes and shock absorbers.
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    you seem to be having trouble with it warping. How do you think it would cope with remaking a inlet plenum.

    As much as I wanted to build a reprap 3d printer the resolution wasn't up for what I was after...
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    Can do, though do to the size limitations (130mm cube) of the print table it'd have to be done in several sections and then glued together. The resolution is around 0.25mm or so.

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    Are you still doing an RC plane that you posted about a few months go? Would the plastics from the printer be suitable for RC vehicles?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WRXCunt View Post
    Are you still doing an RC plane that you posted about a few months go? Would the plastics from the printer be suitable for RC vehicles?
    Yep still making the little alloy aeroplane ..... just been doing other stuff lately so not much has happened.
    And yes you could build brackets & so-on for RC cars with the printer, the stuff is reasonably strong but not as good as dedicated bits .... but you could use it to make some suspension arms, etc, I reckon.

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    Is it possible to spray printed item with a sort of resin that would make the printed parts stronger?

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    Yeah I reckon it would be, as long as it doesn't melt the ABS plastic.

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    Just wondering how things are going with the 3D printer are going? I am interest in the price of on-going consumables (head, feed unit, abs plastic etc). Cheers Chris

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    Im so jealous - the printbot project seemed one of the first really consumerly priced examples. My mate got one, but my pleading couldnt convince the wifey.

    Fucking cool as shit!

    The printbot projecty thing: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...rst-3d-printer
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    Quote Originally Posted by ubolt View Post
    Just wondering how things are going with the 3D printer are going? I am interest in the price of on-going consumables (head, feed unit, abs plastic etc). Cheers Chris
    The only significant consumable is the ABS plastic roll and they're between $40 to $80, depending on where you get them from.
    I also got a roll of 3M blue tape to cover the table with so the printed objects peel off okay.
    There's an occasional need for a new nozzle as they get blocked up sometimes and if you don't clean them properly they don't work properly. (Yeah I've done that as well. The nozzle is blocked again but I'll clean it the right way this time)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billzilla View Post
    The only significant consumable is the ABS plastic roll and they're between $40 to $80, depending on where you get them from.
    I also got a roll of 3M blue tape to cover the table with so the printed objects peel off okay.
    There's an occasional need for a new nozzle as they get blocked up sometimes and if you don't clean them properly they don't work properly. (Yeah I've done that as well. The nozzle is blocked again but I'll clean it the right way this time)
    Thanks, are the nozzles expensive?

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    About $35 I think. If you look after them they should last years.

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    Can you print me a little Ariel Atom?

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    What, about 4 metres long Chuck?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ALLMTR View Post
    Can you print me a little Ariel Atom?

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    Yes, if you design it and send me the STL file.

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    Ms paint and a nail file? (I was born in the 60's)
    1jz Rolla Van ....... 10.5 at 134mph

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALLMTR View Post
    Ms paint and a nail file? (I was born in the 60's)
    So was I !
    Check out www.thingiverse.com to see if there's anything there you want printed.

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    How about this?


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    should make some replacement odometer gears for all the e30 owners here with broken ones. $65 + shipping for the proper replacement VDO ones.
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    I see Makerbot have just released their personal 2 colour 3D printer http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/09/m...or-3d-printer/.

    Every home will have one soon

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