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Old 06-04-2012, 04:40 AM   #1
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Ultimate toy is coming (3d printer)

I have just ordered the last few pieces of my 3d printer (It is a reprap mendel) and soon it should be in my arms . I thought I should share my excitement :)

It basically works by melting some abs string and then using that to make the part layer by layer.


The first project i will try to do is a holder that mounts to the handlebars to keep my garage remote. What else can you come up with?

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Old 06-04-2012, 04:48 AM   #2
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Now that's what I call a cool toy..............
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:11 AM   #3
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Have 3D printers reached the level of producing anything beyond prototypes and sales pieces? It's been a couple years since I've worked with one, but the nature of the layering of ABS rendered the products quite fragile and seemingly useless for regular use.
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:45 AM   #4
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How about a slim top case?
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:08 AM   #5
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Have 3D printers reached the level of producing anything beyond prototypes and sales pieces? It's been a couple years since I've worked with one, but the nature of the layering of ABS rendered the products quite fragile and seemingly useless for regular use.

Look into SLS rapid Prototyping. Selective Laser Sintering.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:22 AM   #6
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Have 3D printers reached the level of producing anything beyond prototypes and sales pieces? It's been a couple years since I've worked with one, but the nature of the layering of ABS rendered the products quite fragile and seemingly useless for regular use.
I have a friend who made his own version of the magpul 40cal glock floorplates for his Kriss mag extensions and runs them regularly with no issues. They were printed and fit and finish is pretty good.

The binder resins are getting a lot better.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:46 AM   #7
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Well, I have some parts already (the parts for my 3d printer) and they are as strong as any plastic part I have.


Once I get the thing up and running, you design it i will print it for free :)



Slim topcase? I dont think that my first printer will be large enough to build such a large part. it should be able to manage only things up to 20x20x14cm.


Things on my list are:
Garage remote holder,
Led signaling light housing,
Ipad holder for screen,

it will probably take me several years to recover my investment, but hey, its always fun to dickaround with new toys.

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Old 06-04-2012, 08:46 AM   #8
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We've got a Dimension Uprint at work that we use to make scale models of our process systems. The parts are surprisingly strong. I know the MINI WRC team uses several parts created on their Dimension printer directly on the rally cars.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:53 AM   #9
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The parts that I have are fairly good. They seem as good as any plastic part I have.

I am not sure it can print parts the size of topcases.

Once I get the thing up and running, and it doesnt prove itself to be a total dissapointment, I will print parts inmates design for free.

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Old 06-04-2012, 09:10 AM   #10
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Once I get the thing up and running, and it doesnt prove itself to be a total dissapointment, I will print parts inmates design for free.
you might want to specify that they pay for materials, or it could get real expensive real quick.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:02 AM   #11
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We use printed parts at work for some prototype applications.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:19 AM   #12
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What model medel did you get? Im looking really hard at adding one to complement my two cnc routers in my workshop. We have two full production modelers at the lab and they blow my mind. Do you have any idea how they print the 3d items and still maintain the voids?IE: the full-pro ones we have use an abs material and a dissolvable substrate that it prints with and when the item is done its all one chunk. Then we dip it into a solution and it dissolves away the substrate and leaves behind a clean functional prototype.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:26 AM   #13
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From what I have seen, the make-bot style ones will have some flex to them, as they are melting material and placing it down layer by layer.

The others that put down a full layer of material, then dyes and resins handle the void issue a lot better.

Ive been doing a lot of looking into them for our office.
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:40 AM   #14
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Lets see untill the excitement wears off...
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:43 AM   #15
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I got the pursa mendel. It will take a week or two to get all the parts in, and then some time to assemble and calibrate it.

Ill let you guys know how it is going.
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