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2013-01-24 11:56:32 AM
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2013-01-24 12:04:43 PM
Remember what happened on Eureka?
 
2013-01-24 12:29:57 PM
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2013-01-24 12:33:14 PM
I wonder if there is a 3D printer revolution coming.  And if so, I wonder what the powers that be are doing to stop it.
 
2013-01-24 01:13:03 PM
So. It has come to this.
 
2013-01-24 01:13:27 PM
FOOLS! My self-replicating robot army shall be a reality! MUWAHAHAHAHA!
 
2013-01-24 01:18:22 PM

UberDave: I wonder if there is a 3D printer revolution coming.  And if so, I wonder what the powers that be are doing to stop it.


That is easy they just have to prevent the means of production. Say by creating or buying all the patents on 3D printers and creating restrictive license agreements on those patents such that only approved users are able to afford or are approved to purchase said printers.

Just like you EULA these licenses will restrict how and what you can do with such devices. The only question is will there be a black market in jail broken 3D printers?
 
2013-01-24 01:35:37 PM
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2013-01-24 01:35:38 PM

UberDave: I wonder if there is a 3D printer revolution coming.  And if so, I wonder what the powers that be are doing to stop it.


I remember commentary on Star Trek about why they don't have money. It is because they have replicators that make everything so money has no value. I doubt the 3D printers are going to be able to make anything as sophisticated as an automobile in the foreseeable future. A 3D printer could probably handle most of the non-eatable crap at the Dollar store though.
 
2013-01-24 01:47:35 PM

Muta: UberDave: I wonder if there is a 3D printer revolution coming.  And if so, I wonder what the powers that be are doing to stop it.

I remember commentary on Star Trek about why they don't have money. It is because they have replicators that make everything so money has no value.


Quark and his gold-pressed latinum bars sneer at you.
 
2013-01-24 01:56:57 PM

Muta: UberDave: I wonder if there is a 3D printer revolution coming.  And if so, I wonder what the powers that be are doing to stop it.

I remember commentary on Star Trek about why they don't have money. It is because they have replicators that make everything so money has no value. I doubt the 3D printers are going to be able to make anything as sophisticated as an automobile in the foreseeable future. A 3D printer could probably handle most of the non-eatable crap at the Dollar store though.


You're underestimating progress.

In 5-10 years these things will be so advanced that you'll think nothing of buying something online and it automatically printing the final product up for you.

Eventually stuff like cars (although I suspect in 10-15 years we'll be using completely autonomous vehicles by then) could be fabricated with industrial sized 3D printers and assembled that way, even using plastic/ceramic bodies might be fully acceptable due to the conversation to autonomous vehicles not having wrecks, although I suspect metal printed parts will be coming along too, just probably something more for industry needs.

/Could I interest you in a good book on this subject and more...
 
2013-01-24 02:04:24 PM
Hot robot-on-robot sex?
 
2013-01-24 02:07:23 PM

Muta: UberDave: I wonder if there is a 3D printer revolution coming.  And if so, I wonder what the powers that be are doing to stop it.

I remember commentary on Star Trek about why they don't have money. It is because they have replicators that make everything so money has no value. I doubt the 3D printers are going to be able to make anything as sophisticated as an automobile in the foreseeable future. A 3D printer could probably handle most of the non-eatable crap at the Dollar store though.


That's what I think.  But I also think that's enough for certain groups to work against 3D printers becoming common.

Right now you can easily purchase an extruder type printer for a relatively reasonable price.  And rolls of material for those things is cheaper than 2D printer ink.  At the rate it is going, we should start seeing these things our the shelves at Best Buy within the next few years.  And that will be awesome.  I can think of some good practical uses that are worth spending a few hundred to get the printer...and I'm probably not thinking of all the ways it would be useful or handy or fun.
 
2013-01-24 02:12:28 PM

Theaetetus: Muta: UberDave: I wonder if there is a 3D printer revolution coming.  And if so, I wonder what the powers that be are doing to stop it.

I remember commentary on Star Trek about why they don't have money. It is because they have replicators that make everything so money has no value.

Quark and his gold-pressed latinum bars sneer at you.


I thought there was little need for currency in the federation, but not a complete lack of it in the galaxy?

\been a long time since I watched any TNG / DS9...
 
2013-01-24 02:23:26 PM

JustMatt: Theaetetus: Muta: UberDave: I wonder if there is a 3D printer revolution coming.  And if so, I wonder what the powers that be are doing to stop it.

I remember commentary on Star Trek about why they don't have money. It is because they have replicators that make everything so money has no value.

Quark and his gold-pressed latinum bars sneer at you.

I thought there was little need for currency in the federation, but not a complete lack of it in the galaxy?

\been a long time since I watched any TNG / DS9...


By and large the Federation has gotten rid of currency because the energy cost for making stuff is non-existent, for galactic trade, resources, technology, etc. has become the currency of choice, for certain species, Ferengi for example, Gold Pressed Latinum is their accepted trading currency, but the Federation has tons of that too should they need it.
 
2013-01-24 02:23:44 PM
When you add something like this, a home recycling unit for 3d printer feedstock, you've really got something.

I imagine that someday you'll have a 3D scanner, a feedstock recycler, and 3d printer all in one. So you can make copies of anything, and when you're done with it, toss it into the hopper to be ground up for some other project.

We really could download a car.
 
2013-01-24 02:30:26 PM

UberDave: Right now you can easily purchase an extruder type printer for a relatively reasonable price.  And rolls of material for those things is cheaper than 2D printer ink.  At the rate it is going, we should start seeing these things our the shelves at Best Buy within the next few years.  And that will be awesome.  I can think of some good practical uses that are worth spending a few hundred to get the printer...and I'm probably not thinking of all the ways it would be useful or handy or fun.


I predict that the first place you will see these in commercial use is in dental and orthopedic offices. Probably high-end sporting goods stores, to make custom fitted grips and ski boots. But for things with moving parts, the raster artifacts are still too gritty.
 
2013-01-24 02:33:16 PM

Theaetetus: Muta: UberDave: I wonder if there is a 3D printer revolution coming.  And if so, I wonder what the powers that be are doing to stop it.

I remember commentary on Star Trek about why they don't have money. It is because they have replicators that make everything so money has no value.

Quark and his gold-pressed latinum bars sneer at you.


They never seem to be able to replicate dilithium or the macguffin of the week. Crucial medications seem to be unusally immune to replication, even though entire persons can be duplicated by a malfunctioning transporter without even trying.
 
2013-01-24 02:34:02 PM

PirateKing: We really could download a car.


Not before they put some patsy up to download a gun.
Then the BATFE gets to regulate the whole show through thousands of reasonable restrictions.
 
2013-01-24 02:35:15 PM
2012: 2D printers are free, ink cartridges are $100

2025: 3D printers are free, materials are eleventy billion dollars
 
2013-01-24 02:35:42 PM

UberDave: I wonder if there is a 3D printer revolution coming.  And if so, I wonder what the powers that be are doing to stop it.



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2013-01-24 02:51:01 PM
 
2013-01-24 02:51:59 PM
I'll only be worried when they come in microscopic sizes. At least I can still fight a robot I can see.

See grey goo.
 
2013-01-24 02:55:11 PM
add a table changer, and make the operating envelope about 48*48, then it could be very interesting
 
2013-01-24 03:00:16 PM
Probably we'll all drown if Yensid doesn't come back and halt the rapidly replicating brooms.
 
2013-01-24 03:05:27 PM
I'm just waiting until the quality of 3d printing gets good enough that it's possible to make high-quality minis for rpgs and board games.

/Reaper Miniatures probably isn't looking forward to that, though.
 
2013-01-24 03:08:04 PM
pciszek:

I predict that the first place you will see these in commercial use is in dental and orthopedic offices. Probably high-end sporting goods stores, to make custom fitted grips and ski boots. But for things with moving parts, the raster artifacts are still too gritty.


I would be cool to go to the dentist and get a new crown made up on the spot without having to wait a week for some lab to produce it and sent it back.
 
2013-01-24 03:13:23 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: I'm just waiting until the quality of 3d printing gets good enough that it's possible to make high-quality minis for rpgs and board games.

/Reaper Miniatures probably isn't looking forward to that, though.


You want one of the higher end 3d printer models for that. The miniatures companies could license certain companies to manufacture the miniatures on demand. Imagine going to their website and a miniatures on demand service.
 
2013-01-24 03:20:42 PM

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Was my first thought too.
 
2013-01-24 03:46:18 PM

turbocucumber: Hot robot-on-robot sex?


Eh, it's like putting a dildo into a fleshlight.

/there's an XKCD for everything.
 
2013-01-24 03:56:43 PM
FTA:"the system is a precursor to machines that will eventually be able to autonomously construct other machines from scratch - including itself."

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2013-01-24 04:26:18 PM

PirateKing: When you add something like this, a home recycling unit for 3d printer feedstock, you've really got something.

I imagine that someday you'll have a 3D scanner, a feedstock recycler, and 3d printer all in one. So you can make copies of anything, and when you're done with it, toss it into the hopper to be ground up for some other project.

We really could download a car.


Can we call it Mr. Fusion?
 
2013-01-24 04:28:19 PM

doczoidberg: pciszek:

I predict that the first place you will see these in commercial use is in dental and orthopedic offices. Probably high-end sporting goods stores, to make custom fitted grips and ski boots. But for things with moving parts, the raster artifacts are still too gritty.


I would be cool to go to the dentist and get a new crown made up on the spot without having to wait a week for some lab to produce it and sent it back.


Some dentists already do this with Cerac machines. If you know you need that kind of work, always ask whether they outsource to a lab or if they have a machine on site to do it.
 
2013-01-24 04:51:03 PM
One possible theory...

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2013-01-24 06:00:43 PM

KellyX: Muta: UberDave: I wonder if there is a 3D printer revolution coming.  And if so, I wonder what the powers that be are doing to stop it.

I remember commentary on Star Trek about why they don't have money. It is because they have replicators that make everything so money has no value. I doubt the 3D printers are going to be able to make anything as sophisticated as an automobile in the foreseeable future. A 3D printer could probably handle most of the non-eatable crap at the Dollar store though.

You're underestimating progress.



I hope so.  The older I get the more cautious I am about things like this.  I remember reading about e-ink and OLED screens over a decade ago.  Those took longer than anticipated...

I'll check out the book.  I'm currently reading Marooned in Realtime by Vernor Vinge.  It covers a technological singularity scenario.
 
2013-01-24 07:26:29 PM
And we've officially reached peak stupidity about 3D printing here. This is a patent. A drawing. That's it. And if anything, it just describes a milling machine... You know, the things have been around since the 19th century... When the 3D printing rah-rah brigade redefines every single manufacturing process ever as "3D printing", it's because they have NOTHING.

And the usual drooling retards with their 3D printed cars predictably show up...

Can't you guys set up your own echo chamber online and leave the rest of the world alone?
 
2013-01-24 07:52:25 PM
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2013-01-24 08:18:08 PM

pciszek: UberDave: Right now you can easily purchase an extruder type printer for a relatively reasonable price.  And rolls of material for those things is cheaper than 2D printer ink.  At the rate it is going, we should start seeing these things our the shelves at Best Buy within the next few years.  And that will be awesome.  I can think of some good practical uses that are worth spending a few hundred to get the printer...and I'm probably not thinking of all the ways it would be useful or handy or fun.

I predict that the first place you will see these in commercial use is in dental and orthopedic offices. Probably high-end sporting goods stores, to make custom fitted grips and ski boots. But for things with moving parts, the raster artifacts are still too gritty.


My dentist actually has a 3D printer for filling large cavities. It's frigging cool.
 
2013-01-24 08:35:12 PM
3d printing is the new nanotechnology. A buzz word for ignorant tech writers and a cash grab for lazy researchers, but ultimately vaporware.
 
2013-01-24 09:02:04 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: predictably

 
2013-01-24 09:07:08 PM

assjuice: 3d printing is the new nanotechnology. A buzz word for ignorant tech writers and a cash grab for lazy researchers, but ultimately vaporware.


... Except for the part where 3D printers already exist, even commercially, they're just prohibitively expensive right now.
 
2013-01-24 09:40:07 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: I'm just waiting until the quality of 3d printing gets good enough that it's possible to make high-quality minis for rpgs and board games.

/Reaper Miniatures probably isn't looking forward to that, though.


The historical wargaming community has been messing with 3-D printing for about two years now. Because most people still have to go through Shapeways or a similar company, you have to be careful what you put online for people to buy. I'm sure folks have already gotten C&D letters from GW and Lucas.

The day that people can print decent-looking Space Marines in their home is the day Games Workshop gets its just desserts.
 
2013-01-24 10:34:26 PM
Now Quantum Apostrophe won't know what to think!

3d printed replacement organs.

Gee whiz.. Do you whine about far-fetched technology or crow about life-extension techniques?
 
2013-01-24 11:13:49 PM
Oh, good. So the idiots that create the first (Stargate-type) Replicators will be guilty of patent violation!
 
2013-01-24 11:47:11 PM

Fluorescent Testicle: ... Except for the part where 3D printers already exist, even commercially, they're just prohibitively expensive right now.


3d printers have existed for over 30 years. Please go take a look at a $100,000 3d printer. It is terribly slow and the finished product has a lower quality than injection molded plastic. So in 10 years you'll be able to have a home version of that for $1000, that much I believe. For people who want to print figs, great fun. You want to print a compressor for your car's A/C? No.

Also, nanotech exists, and existed when it was the dick that every tech journalist sucked 10 years ago. Still waiting on those super strong nanotube tethers and room temperature superconductors.

Bring on the future, but reading the same pumped-up hype every week from tarded writers is really annoying, when it's "ZOMG it can print itself!!!!" when it can't even come close to printing a single transistor and it runs off of state of the art FPGAs.

PirateKing: 3d printed replacement organs.


FTFA: growing functional organs is still at least 10 years away

Understatement, but props to them for at least getting the quote in there. So according to the Singularitons, by then we'll just inject nanobots into ourselves and they will repair everything anyway, so these poor schlubs working on 3d organs will be left in the dust. Or maybe, 20 years from now there will still be organ donors because most of this shiat won't pan out.
 
2013-01-25 02:17:42 PM

PirateKing: Now Quantum Apostrophe won't know what to think!

3d printed replacement organs.

Gee whiz.. Do you whine about far-fetched technology or crow about life-extension techniques?


Is there anything he doesn't shiat all over?
 
2013-01-25 05:44:00 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: And we've officially reached peak stupidity about 3D printing here. This is a patent. A drawing. That's it. And if anything, it just describes a milling machine... You know, the things have been around since the 19th century... When the 3D printing rah-rah brigade redefines every single manufacturing process ever as "3D printing", it's because they have NOTHING.

And the usual drooling retards with their 3D printed cars predictably show up...

Can't you guys set up your own echo chamber online and leave the rest of the world alone?


just you

BTW, Milling machines with a multi axis extruder heads aren't new, something like that is currently used for fabricating vehicle prototypes

what I see this doing is stream lining production even more, and also eliminating a few factory jobs.

After all, if it can mill, assemble, and glue that could place what is currently several stations on the production line into one with just humans who keep it stocked
 
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