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Author Topic: Amazing tabletop parts fabrication machine  (Read 2666 times)

Edvard

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Amazing tabletop parts fabrication machine
« on: January 24, 2007, 11:32:28 AM »
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Re: Amazing tabletop parts fabrication machine
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2007, 12:04:28 PM »
Cool - those machines (albeit industrial use ones) used to cost millions :)
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Re: Amazing tabletop parts fabrication machine
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2007, 03:05:15 PM »
I saw a demo of a stereo lithography machine at our local community college.  It's basically a 3-D inkjet that uses molten plastic instead of ink.  You load a 3-D CAD file (an STL file) into the machine's computer and it "prints" the part in .010 thick layers.  After the plastic hardens, you have a perfectly formed 3-D copy of the part.  The detail and accuracy are incredible.

They use stereo lithography a lot in the machining/manufacturing world to develop prototypes in a day that would take months of lead time and many thousands of dollars the old way.  The machines pay for themselves in no time.
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Re: Amazing tabletop parts fabrication machine
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2007, 03:07:03 PM »
I have a turbine blade on my desk that shows FEA colobands created from a 3D printer.  Quite impressive.