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Author Topic: Who uses a 3d printer?  (Read 678 times)

mouser

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Who uses a 3d printer?
« on: August 31, 2017, 03:15 PM »
My god the 3d printers are getting good and cheap.. So tempting..  Anyone enjoying one currently?







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Re: Who uses a 3d printer?
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2017, 04:20 PM »
Nice to see how much more consumer friendly they're getting as far as initial setup and calibration goes.

This is the first time I've heard of the flexible filament. That's really cool!

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Re: Who uses a 3d printer? - ask a dead user.
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2017, 01:44 AM »
Word of caution.
I don't know whether the technology has changed since this was reported in January 2017, but this would seem to be a very cautionary tale: Berkeley Couple's Death Linked To Carbon Monoxide, Possibly From Laser Cutter Or 3D Printer

This otherwise apparently intelligent couple must have unfortunately been ignorant of the function and operational chemistry of their favourite output peripherals. They unwittingly risked their lives, and they paid for it with their lives (and their cats' lives). Ignorance is bliss?
I'd recommend one avoids any live person/creature being shut in a confined space with any thing that outputs carbon monoxide and/or is parasitic of oxygen - unless the objective is to cause death, of course (as in suicide).

This caution would apply to (for example):
  • operating 3D printers in a room with poor/no ventilation.
  • operating a portable gas room-heater or BBQ in a house or a caravan with poor/no ventilation).
  • operating a gas-fired room-heater in a room with poor/no ventilation.
  • running a car's engine in a garage with poor poor/no ventilation  - e.g., with the garage doors shut.
  • passengers in a car which has a leaky exhaust manifold.

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Re: Who uses a 3d printer?
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2017, 10:44 AM »
Here , in Tenerife, I have assisted to events with 3D printers.
Seems a tool for graphical designers and for special purposes.
And basically for makers. In Tenerife almost no industry. Only turism.

But any 3D printer needs a 3D sensor prior to capture the model.

I am searching for a couple of yerars for a tool able to measure locals (rooms) at a reasonable price.

The cheapest and with some possibilities seems to me structure.io from Occipital using an iPad.

The distance for scanning is up to 3.5 meters (in a couple of years from 3.00 to 3.50 meters). The expensive sensors from FARO or Leica I can't afford.

The 3D printers seems to theorical design. You can't do metal pieces or construction projects seriously.  These machines are limited - as a reasonable target - for not making weapons.

When 3D printer began to appear an association in Tenerife propose as an alternative to independence industry. But by normative, by security, all these targets are limited or forbidden.
It's similar to the solar energy.

Here in Tenerife we are in eternal spring, but the law limites the use of solar energy...

With or without security issues , the reality shows that promising fields are cercenated by other interests.

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Re: Who uses a 3d printer?
« Reply #4 on: Today at 03:23 AM »
Anyone else got the 3d printing bug? I'm curious to hear your thoughts if you bought one.. Do you ever actually use it?

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Re: Who uses a 3d printer?
« Reply #5 on: Today at 04:24 AM »
Most of the fun in 3d is in designing objects, IMHO, not waiting for the printer to churn out the object.
I'd either use the 3d printer of a local hackerspace or computer group, or order online with one of the many 3d printing services. The last category will have several quality-levels in printing available, for very reasonable prices, and they will have to replace/repair the printer when it is worn out or broken... So basically just a simple cost-benefit strategy for me.
Only if you need the object 'right now' and/or prototype a lot, a self-owned 3d printer would make sense, but for those users the low-end of the price range wouldn't be sufficient, and you'll end up in the $1500+ range.

Well, that's just my 2 ct.

(Next up: back to brushing up my 3d design skills :tellme:)

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Re: Who uses a 3d printer?
« Reply #6 on: Today at 06:02 AM »
I printed one of these (had to scan it first).

3d.jpgWho uses a 3d printer?



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Re: Who uses a 3d printer?
« Reply #7 on: Today at 07:39 AM »
Spoiler
Call me when they are 4D