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(Guardian)   3D printing has hit its "tipping point" and could soon be available to many households the world over for people with a flair for design   (guardian.co.uk) divider line 138
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2013-05-01 01:34:06 PM
In other words, 3D printing will soon hit its tipping point.
 
2013-05-01 01:35:31 PM
Here's a tip, subby: when the headline of an article asks a question, the answer is no.
 
2013-05-01 01:39:04 PM
Summoning QA to shiat all over this thread... 3... 2... 1...
 
2013-05-01 01:39:22 PM
Soon as in the next two decades?
 
2013-05-01 01:42:28 PM

KellyX: Summoning QA to shiat all over this thread... 3... 2... 1...


QFT
 
2013-05-01 01:43:43 PM

KellyX: Summoning QA to shiat all over this thread... 3... 2... 1...


You saved me the trouble.
 
2013-05-01 01:43:46 PM
FOR THE LOW, LOW PRICE OF 10,000 DOLLARS A PIECE!

Affordable for ANYONE the world over, you know.
 
2013-05-01 01:46:11 PM
No.
Because everything you print that you didn't design yourself is a copyright violation.

He-Haw!
See how that works?
 
2013-05-01 01:48:21 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com

Flair?
 
2013-05-01 01:50:43 PM

hogans: Here's a tip, subby: when the headline of an article asks a question, the answer is no.


While subby has been pretty dumb the last few months, I think this is more QA bait than anything else.
 
2013-05-01 01:50:49 PM
"(T)he plastic arms try to stay closed - so the design is at its strongest when open, yet clings to your head face" sounds like bad dialogue from a low-budget sci-fi film.
 
2013-05-01 01:53:55 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: No. Because everything you print that you didn't design yourself is a copyright violation.


You're not that far off from the truth. A couple of makers of high end 3d printers own the patents for high-fidelity printing, which they refuse to license to consumer grade devices. It's as if home computers were still stuck using 286 chips and floppies.
 
2013-05-01 01:58:45 PM

KellyX: Summoning QA to shiat all over this thread... 3... 2... 1...


dl.dropboxusercontent.com
 
2013-05-01 02:00:05 PM

way south: KellyX: Summoning QA to shiat all over this thread... 3... 2... 1...

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Careful, Mod banned me for a day for posting that, told me it was harassing him by doing that *rolls eyes*
 
2013-05-01 02:00:36 PM
You just got someone's attention.
 
2013-05-01 02:01:10 PM
Part of me would like to have a machine shop loaded with CNC mills and lathes and a water jet cutter, but for purposes of rapid prototyping I'm better off paying someone who uses the machines 24-7 to add my parts to their work que. I suspect they're actually automated to the point of lights out manufacturing. The costs of financing or leasing $60k of machine tools would damn near pay for all the parts I'd order.

3D printing at home is as efficient as owning a photo developing studio. A small number of people and artist will benefit but the rest of us should just let the pros do it.  Although I must admit I've done a bit of prototyping with a scroll saw, file, hammer, thin plate aluminum and brass rod.

/A coping saw with a metal cutting blade is the poor engineering student's waterjet cutter.
 
2013-05-01 02:01:32 PM

KellyX: way south: KellyX: Summoning QA to shiat all over this thread... 3... 2... 1...

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Careful, Mod banned me for a day for posting that, told me it was harassing him by doing that *rolls eyes*


I caught a 24 hour ban just for calling someone a "petulant child".  I bet it's because he pays $5 and I don't.
 
2013-05-01 02:04:56 PM
Meh to do anything other then PVC or PLS filament costs too dam much. Sure you can do a lot with PVC or PLS, but I still have not figured out how to keep the vibrators from being damaged when printing. Also I would love to do some more natural textured dildos, pocket pussies, and vibes but still have not figured that out. They are great for plastic paddles or clamps though.
 
2013-05-01 02:06:36 PM

tricycleracer: KellyX: way south: KellyX: Summoning QA to shiat all over this thread... 3... 2... 1...

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Careful, Mod banned me for a day for posting that, told me it was harassing him by doing that *rolls eyes*

I caught a 24 hour ban just for calling someone a "petulant child".  I bet it's because he pays $5 and I don't.


Nah just depends on if the mods are on the rag or not. I once caught a 24 hour ban for making a joke about eating puppies.
 
2013-05-01 02:07:06 PM

KellyX: way south: KellyX: Summoning QA to shiat all over this thread... 3... 2... 1...

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Careful, Mod banned me for a day for posting that, told me it was harassing him by doing that *rolls eyes*


Harassing him?! What a farking crock. 5 bucks nothing, he's gotta give a mean handy.
 
2013-05-01 02:11:23 PM
The only way this has reached its tipping point is if they've got on-the-fly swapable extruder, similar to older plotters that swapped pens depending on the colour needed.

It needs to work with a wide range of materials and different colours if its going in to the general publics home, ABS plastic whilst tough enough for most things isn't what people want everything made of.

It also needs something other than a work flow that is decidedly geeky to make it do anything.

  

KellyX: Careful, Mod banned me for a day for posting that, told me it was harassing him by doing that *rolls eyes*


It's a factually accurate statement though.  That is all he does.
 
2013-05-01 02:11:34 PM

Mentalpatient87: KellyX: way south: KellyX: Summoning QA to shiat all over this thread... 3... 2... 1...

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Careful, Mod banned me for a day for posting that, told me it was harassing him by doing that *rolls eyes*

Harassing him?! What a farking crock. 5 bucks nothing, he's gotta give a mean handy.


Agreed, I did feel it was a crock of shiat and I did contact the mod and was told I should just place him on ignore...
 
2013-05-01 02:13:04 PM

Vaneshi: KellyX: Careful, Mod banned me for a day for posting that, told me it was harassing him by doing that *rolls eyes*

It's a factually accurate statement though.  That is all he does.


Oh I know, I created that image. I'm just sharing what happened.

Probably get in trouble for discussing that...
 
2013-05-01 02:14:14 PM

KellyX: way south: KellyX: Summoning QA to shiat all over this thread... 3... 2... 1...

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Careful, Mod banned me for a day for posting that, told me it was harassing him by doing that *rolls eyes*


I try to be respectful of everyone, but when a guy comes in and commanders every jesus 3d tech thread to the point where nothing gets discussed but his own thread shiatting... Yea, they deserve a jab in the ribs.

/Its understandable that theres always someone who won't like things that others like.
/but you gotta know when to say your piece and bow out.
 
2013-05-01 02:14:42 PM

KellyX: Probably get in trouble for discussing that...


Probably but then that's what Reddit is for: tormenting idiots whilst banned from Fark.
 
2013-05-01 02:22:35 PM
3D printing will never take off though. Some people have a life
 
2013-05-01 02:24:45 PM
Mark my words - 3D printing will show up in every house within one year of the 'Year of the Linux Desktop'
 
2013-05-01 02:32:13 PM
I mentioned this in the last 3D printing thread, but...

When I got my Volvo C30, I soon noticed that there were no coat hooks in back where every other farking vehicle on the planet has them.  I did find accessory slots, thought, for things like cargo nets and pet barriers.  So, I designed coat hooks to fit into those slots and uploaded the design to Shapeways:

http://www.shapeways.com/shops/c30accessories

I've sold 70 of the things.  I doubt most people would be able to measure for them properly and pick up a CAD tool quickly... most would just find it frustrating.

Plus, I did it for one job. I wouldn't want to own a printing setup.  I certainly don't see manufacturers providing downloadable designs for printable replacement parts rather than selling the parts themselves -- they can't control the quality of a home-printed part being put into something that may be under warranty.  The liability could be quite high on something like a mower, for example.
 
2013-05-01 02:35:21 PM
I did find accessory slots, thought though

FTFM
 
2013-05-01 02:35:49 PM

Fark_Guy_Rob: Mark my words - 3D printing will show up in every house within one year of the 'Year of the Linux Desktop'


Well, since this year (or was it last year?) is the Year of the Linux Handheld, ship me my printer already!
 
2013-05-01 02:38:42 PM

Obscene_CNN: 3D printing will never take off though. Some people have a life


Wow. Are you trolling or serious? It hard to believe you can't see the potential of owning one.  Speaking as an artist, I can't wait to get my hands on a 3D printer.

BTW, I priced 3D printers last year and found many different models between $800~$1600.
 
2013-05-01 02:40:02 PM

way south: I try to be respectful of everyone, but when a guy comes in and commanders every jesus 3d tech thread to the point where nothing gets discussed but his own thread shiatting... Yea, they deserve a jab in the ribs.


What is funny is that he is still doing that in a thread that he hasn't even appeared in yet!

That is how bad it is!
 
2013-05-01 02:43:08 PM

wildstarr: Obscene_CNN: 3D printing will never take off though. Some people have a life

Wow. Are you trolling or serious? It hard to believe you can't see the potential of owning one.  Speaking as an artist, I can't wait to get my hands on a 3D printer.

BTW, I priced 3D printers last year and found many different models between $800~$1600.


I'm a CAD designer.  I would like to have one but I do not have the money or the space to do so right now (2 Kids, 3 yr old and 1.5yr old).  I would love to start making molds for my wife (she is a beginner silversmith).
 
2013-05-01 02:44:41 PM
It's like Desktop Publishing, but in 3-D.  Now everyone can make poorly designed stuff!
 
2013-05-01 02:44:56 PM

RatOmeter: Fark_Guy_Rob: Mark my words - 3D printing will show up in every house within one year of the 'Year of the Linux Desktop'

Well, since this year (or was it last year?) is the Year of the Linux Handheld, ship me my printer already!


Well, it's a bit of a stretch, but if you have an Android phone or tablet, you do have a Linux Handheld. I will concede that the Linux Desktop is deader than the Playbook.

Still want a 3D printer, tho'.
 
2013-05-01 02:47:55 PM
Hey, let me point you at the APIs for Phonegap, books on HTML, CSS, jQuery, design principles, software architecture, and you can go and build your own to-do list app.

Alternatively, I could write one, and you send me 99c for doing so.

That's why 3D printers will be nothing but a hobby for most, but I can forsee more custom manufacturing as a big growth area. Imagine being able to walk into a shop where you get measured, clothing gets overlayed, then "printed" and mailed to you. We all get tailored clothing.
 
2013-05-01 02:51:35 PM

Burr: wildstarr: I would love to start making molds for my wife (she is a beginner silversmith).


Awesome idea!  My first idea was my own custom chess pieces.

Players of games that use miniatures, Warhammer, 40K and the like, would also love one.

      "Oh, something happened to your figure? Don't worry, I'll print you up a new one."
 
2013-05-01 02:56:45 PM

wildstarr: Players of games that use miniatures, Warhammer, 40K and the like, would also love one.


Games Workshop have a C&D in the post to you as I type, they don't even want you thinking about that let alone trying it.

Although in all honesty the resolution of some of the 'consumer' machines isn't up to doing a such things, close but not quite yet at least not for a price a consumer would pay for the machine.
 
2013-05-01 02:58:01 PM

KellyX: Mentalpatient87: KellyX: way south: KellyX: Summoning QA to shiat all over this thread... 3... 2... 1...

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Careful, Mod banned me for a day for posting that, told me it was harassing him by doing that *rolls eyes*

Harassing him?! What a farking crock. 5 bucks nothing, he's gotta give a mean handy.

Agreed, I did feel it was a crock of shiat and I did contact the mod and was told I should just place him on ignore...


It's a quantum threadshiat.  Before clicking the comments section, QA has either posted or not (there is no way to tell).  Regardless, the thread still ends up threadshiat due to references to him.
 
2013-05-01 03:01:29 PM

farkeruk: Hey, let me point you at the APIs for Phonegap, books on HTML, CSS, jQuery, design principles, software architecture, and you can go and build your own to-do list app.

Alternatively, I could write one, and you send me 99c for doing so.

That's why 3D printers will be nothing but a hobby for most, but I can forsee more custom manufacturing as a big growth area. Imagine being able to walk into a shop where you get measured, clothing gets overlayed, then "printed" and mailed to you. We all get tailored clothing.


Yep.  It'll be a great little "independent hobby shop" sort of thing assuming that the raw materials have a sane cost and there's a semi-reasonable way for the government to be reasonably certain that they're not printing guns (It'll be impossible to stop all of it, but if they can get "good enough", they might not ban the things outright in the state of CA (Oh who am I kidding, of course they'll ban them in CA.  They've already banned everything else)).

/Especially since it's a royal pain to find 42-34 pants.  They sell 38-34 and 44-32, and nothing higher unless you special order off the internets (and then since sizing is a crapshoot even between 2 pairs of the same pair of pants, it's about 50-50 whether you'll have to ship them back.)
 
2013-05-01 03:02:37 PM
TFA seems to say it's gonna be a bit yet due to the learning curve of the 3d modeling software, which makes sense. The other thing they'll need to figure out before they get big is the media used by these printers. Are you going to have to buy different machines or extra parts to switch from a plastic type building media to a metallic one? How pricey are these different printing medias going to be?


/also had a timeout once for calling the infamous threadshiatter out on being a jackass.
//pretty sure it was because the mods that day were hung over and angry though.
 
2013-05-01 03:08:19 PM

wildstarr: Obscene_CNN: 3D printing will never take off though. Some people have a life

Wow. Are you trolling or serious? It hard to believe you can't see the potential of owning one.  Speaking as an artist, I can't wait to get my hands on a 3D printer.

BTW, I priced 3D printers last year and found many different models between $800~$1600.


And the garbage that comes off of them looks like rejects from a chinese sweatshop. And it takes an hour to print. Have any of you who are swooning over 3d printing actually inspected the crap that comes out of the hobbyist printers?
 
2013-05-01 03:08:35 PM

Vaneshi: wildstarr: Players of games that use miniatures, Warhammer, 40K and the like, would also love one.

Games Workshop have a C&D in the post to you as I type, they don't even want you thinking about that let alone trying it.


Lol!  Oh yeah, that thought wasn't far from my mind.  As long as you don't try selling a whole army online and call it "3D printed Tyranid army" you should be fine. I agree that the detail might be too much for a "home" printer now anyway.
 
2013-05-01 03:13:51 PM

CheetahOlivetti: RatOmeter: Fark_Guy_Rob: Mark my words - 3D printing will show up in every house within one year of the 'Year of the Linux Desktop'

Well, since this year (or was it last year?) is the Year of the Linux Handheld, ship me my printer already!

Well, it's a bit of a stretch, but if you have an Android phone or tablet, you do have a Linux Handheld. I will concede that the Linux Desktop is deader than the Playbook.

Still want a 3D printer, tho'.


Not a stretch at all.  My phone (yes, that's a root prompt):

i.imgur.com
 
2013-05-01 03:14:39 PM

assjuice: wildstarr: Obscene_CNN: 3D printing will never take off though. Some people have a life

And the garbage that comes off of them looks like rejects from a chinese sweatshop. And it takes an hour to print. Have any of you who are swooning over 3d printing actually inspected the crap that comes out of the hobbyist printers?


When was the last time you did any research on 3D printers, 2003?  Everything you said does not apply to 3D printers today.
 
2013-05-01 03:16:23 PM

Burr: way south: I try to be respectful of everyone, but when a guy comes in and commanders every jesus 3d tech thread to the point where nothing gets discussed but his own thread shiatting... Yea, they deserve a jab in the ribs.

What is funny is that he is still doing that in a thread that he hasn't even appeared in yet!

That is how bad it is!


dl.dropboxusercontent.com
 
2013-05-01 03:17:20 PM

way south: KellyX: Summoning QA to shiat all over this thread... 3... 2... 1...

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No, only "3D printing as replicators" and colonizing space. Get your facts straight.

I love how I'm portrayed as technophobe as I'm sitting between two oscilloscopes...

I'm a hype-phobe. 3D printing at home is a ridiculous notion, just needs a few more disappointed people and it'll be over. Too bad I'm a realist, eh?

My back's hairier than your caveman, BTW.
 
2013-05-01 03:23:11 PM
 
2013-05-01 03:25:33 PM

meyerkev: /Especially since it's a royal pain to find 42-34 pants.  They sell 38-34 and 44-32, and nothing higher unless you special order off the internets (and then since sizing is a crapshoot even between 2 pairs of the same pair of pants, it's about 50-50 whether you'll have to ship them back.)


Seriously?  Look, buy a pair of pants that are a little large on you and take them to a tailor to have them brought in and fit nicely.  You don't buy something off the rack that is perfect, that's a diamond in the rough.  It costs a little extra (About $8.50 for pants from my local tailor), but it's affordable and having clothes that fit and look good go a long way in both confidence and making your day that much better.
 
2013-05-01 03:26:00 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: I love how I'm portrayed as technophobe as I'm sitting between two oscilloscopes...

I'm a hype-phobe. 3D printing at home is a ridiculous notion, just needs a few more disappointed people and it'll be over. Too bad I'm a realist, eh?


I don't think of you as a technophobe QA, but your irrationally intense antipathy towards space exploration may cause others to draw that conclusion.

That said, I do agree with you wrt current consumer grade 3d printing...they're toys.
 
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