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(Harvard University)   Harvard research team successfully uses a 3d printer to create lithium ion batteries no larger than a grain of sand. Clearly this 3d printing fad will never be anything more than a novelty and has no practical value whatsoever   (seas.harvard.edu) divider line 73
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2013-06-23 10:30:05 PM
That shiat is pretty cool, biatches.
 
2013-06-23 10:36:30 PM
That battery won't fit in my 8-track player so who needs it?
 
2013-06-23 10:40:16 PM
What happened to the first two printers?
 
2013-06-23 10:53:39 PM
So for a few thousand dollars plus consumables, I can make my own battery? That's cool.
 
2013-06-23 11:13:02 PM
Sounds like The Diamond Age
 
2013-06-23 11:31:01 PM

notmtwain: What happened to the first two printers?


Not sure about the first, but the second one was too expensive to keep running, what with the cost of ink and all
 
2013-06-23 11:37:10 PM
Those two researchers are of more benefit to society than every single person working on Wall Street -- yet the big salaries and bonuses go to those investment bankers.
 
2013-06-23 11:39:31 PM

notmtwain: What happened to the first two printers?


They ran out of ink and it was cheaper to purchase a new one
 
2013-06-23 11:41:42 PM
In before He-who-must-not-be-named!

I'd love a 3D printer for my own personal use. No real reason in particular, but I bet I could fabricate one hell of a homebrewing setup!
 
2013-06-23 11:43:22 PM

PC LOAD LETTER: So for a few thousand dollars plus consumables, I can make my own battery? That's cool.


LUDDITE

CLEARLY EVERYONE WILL HAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF CONSUMABLES LYING AROUND (AND THE KNOW HOW AND EXPERTISE) TO PRINT THEIR OWN EVERYTHING

AND NOT SAY, ENGINEERS WORKING FOR A COMPANY THAT WILL MASS PRODUCE PRODUCTS

Electrical engineers also successfully used an oscilloscope to build these batteries, I'm sure.

How many people will now buy an oscilloscope?

We've been able to etch small things for MEMS for decades...

Now you nerds are getting excited because someone said "3D printing" although this has nothing to do with the ridiculous rickety gadgets you can buy?
 
2013-06-23 11:50:35 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: PC LOAD LETTER: So for a few thousand dollars plus consumables, I can make my own battery? That's cool.

LUDDITE

CLEARLY EVERYONE WILL HAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF CONSUMABLES LYING AROUND (AND THE KNOW HOW AND EXPERTISE) TO PRINT THEIR OWN EVERYTHING

AND NOT SAY, ENGINEERS WORKING FOR A COMPANY THAT WILL MASS PRODUCE PRODUCTS

Electrical engineers also successfully used an oscilloscope to build these batteries, I'm sure.

How many people will now buy an oscilloscope?

We've been able to etch small things for MEMS for decades...

Now you nerds are getting excited because someone said "3D printing" although this has nothing to do with the ridiculous rickety gadgets you can buy?


An O-Scope to design a battery? Can I have some of what you're smoking? I mean I can see using an o-scope to test the battery and whatever device the battery may be powering but all the o-scope does is take measurements.
 
2013-06-23 11:55:46 PM
I'm holding out for a 4D printer.  My 1D printer is rather useless.  It has height, but lacks width and length.
 
2013-06-24 12:00:15 AM
Next week's headline: Nokia patents microscopic batteries, ensuring that the general public will never see them until 2050.
 
2013-06-24 12:00:36 AM

croesius: In before He-who-must-not-be-named!

I'd love a 3D printer for my own personal use. No real reason in particular, but I bet I could fabricate one hell of a homebrewing setup!


No you couldn't.

/unless you found a way to 3D print stainless steel and you 3D printed yourself a conical
//sharing your homebrew with a welder is the greatest decision you will ever make
 
2013-06-24 12:02:45 AM

Dingleberry Dickwad: Quantum Apostrophe: PC LOAD LETTER: So for a few thousand dollars plus consumables, I can make my own battery? That's cool.

LUDDITE

CLEARLY EVERYONE WILL HAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF CONSUMABLES LYING AROUND (AND THE KNOW HOW AND EXPERTISE) TO PRINT THEIR OWN EVERYTHING

AND NOT SAY, ENGINEERS WORKING FOR A COMPANY THAT WILL MASS PRODUCE PRODUCTS

Electrical engineers also successfully used an oscilloscope to build these batteries, I'm sure.

How many people will now buy an oscilloscope?

We've been able to etch small things for MEMS for decades...

Now you nerds are getting excited because someone said "3D printing" although this has nothing to do with the ridiculous rickety gadgets you can buy?

An O-Scope to design a battery? Can I have some of what you're smoking? I mean I can see using an o-scope to test the battery and whatever device the battery may be powering but all the o-scope does is take measurements.


I promise you, you don't want any of what he's smoking... Although he is one of the funniest farkers in all of fark, but not intentionally.
 
2013-06-24 12:03:47 AM
Clearly this 3d printing fad will never be anything more than a novelty and has no practical value whatsoever

Subby, why do you sound so butthurt?

Yes 3d printers have some good uses. - But they are not as farking revolutionary as many people think they will be.

If you can make something with a 3d printer there is pretty much some other way you could have made it in the the first place, and to make a large production of it there is a cheaper way.
 
2013-06-24 12:05:49 AM
someone needs to do up a venn diagram of 3D printer enthusiasts, and libertarians.
 
2013-06-24 12:10:27 AM

Corvus: Clearly this 3d printing fad will never be anything more than a novelty and has no practical value whatsoever

Subby, why do you sound so butthurt?

Yes 3d printers have some good uses. - But they are not as farking revolutionary as many people think they will be.

If you can make something with a 3d printer there is pretty much some other way you could have made it in the the first place, and to make a large production of it there is a cheaper way.


 If you can fabricate an oscilloscope you'll make a killing.
 
2013-06-24 12:38:24 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: PC LOAD LETTER: So for a few thousand dollars plus consumables, I can make my own battery? That's cool.

LUDDITE

CLEARLY EVERYONE WILL HAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF CONSUMABLES LYING AROUND (AND THE KNOW HOW AND EXPERTISE) TO PRINT THEIR OWN EVERYTHING

AND NOT SAY, ENGINEERS WORKING FOR A COMPANY THAT WILL MASS PRODUCE PRODUCTS

Electrical engineers also successfully used an oscilloscope to build these batteries, I'm sure.

How many people will now buy an oscilloscope?

We've been able to etch small things for MEMS for decades...

Now you nerds are getting excited because someone said "3D printing" although this has nothing to do with the ridiculous rickety gadgets you can buy?

img.fark.net
 
2013-06-24 12:53:30 AM
I need a 3d printer so I can print out some bitcoins to pay for a 3d printer.
 
2013-06-24 01:11:34 AM

Begoggle: I need a 3d printer so I can print out some bitcoins to pay for a 3d printer.


Everytime I see "bitcoin" my mind translates it into 'titcoin" and I think to myself, "Man I need to get me some of those titcoins." I don't know why particularly, because I haven't decided what a titcoin would actually let you buy, but since it involves tits, obviously I am interested to some degree or another.

Oh seriously, this is the second thread where I saw that guy come in and go banana stand all over 3D printing. What gives? It's been around for ages (since the 80's at least) and it keeps improving. It's nifty technology, not really all that practical for consumers except as a hobby for now, but still... it's not like we're all driving around Model-T's and flaming each other on the World-Wide-Telegraph or something - get what I mean?
 
2013-06-24 01:25:16 AM

Speaker2Animals: Those two researchers are of more benefit to society than every single person working on Wall Street -- yet the big salaries and bonuses go to those investment bankers.


reddit plz go
 
2013-06-24 01:39:52 AM

Great Janitor: I'm holding out for a 4D printer.  My 1D printer is rather useless.  It has height, but lacks width and length.


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PC LOAD UNIVERSE
 
2013-06-24 02:02:30 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: LUDDITE


Dude, go pick up a hobby or something.
 
2013-06-24 02:13:07 AM

knight_on_the_rail: Dingleberry Dickwad: Quantum Apostrophe: PC LOAD LETTER: So for a few thousand dollars plus consumables, I can make my own battery? That's cool.

LUDDITE

CLEARLY EVERYONE WILL HAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF CONSUMABLES LYING AROUND (AND THE KNOW HOW AND EXPERTISE) TO PRINT THEIR OWN EVERYTHING

AND NOT SAY, ENGINEERS WORKING FOR A COMPANY THAT WILL MASS PRODUCE PRODUCTS

Electrical engineers also successfully used an oscilloscope to build these batteries, I'm sure.

How many people will now buy an oscilloscope?

We've been able to etch small things for MEMS for decades...

Now you nerds are getting excited because someone said "3D printing" although this has nothing to do with the ridiculous rickety gadgets you can buy?

An O-Scope to design a battery? Can I have some of what you're smoking? I mean I can see using an o-scope to test the battery and whatever device the battery may be powering but all the o-scope does is take measurements.

I promise you, you don't want any of what he's smoking... Although he is one of the funniest farkers in all of fark, but not intentionally.


Actually, when he isn't screaming senselessly about 3D printers or space, he is quite enjoyable...too bad those moments are rare.
 
2013-06-24 02:27:49 AM

New Farkin User Name: Actually, when he isn't screaming senselessly about 3D printers or space, he is quite enjoyable


Dude has issues. I've been assuming he was molested by an astronaut using a 3D printed dildo as a kid or something.
 
2013-06-24 02:28:59 AM

Meethos: Wait what am I missing here? Why does Quantum Apostraphe hate 3D printers?


hell if i know...but he does.
 
2013-06-24 02:33:52 AM
Q.A.
I am still waiting to hear from you on why you believe that when significant life extension break-through happens (and it will happen) that the powers-that-be will grant you (as an individual) access to it?
 
2013-06-24 02:41:48 AM

Ishkur: Quantum Apostrophe: LUDDITE

Dude, go pick up a hobby or something.


this IS his hobby. Court mandated rage-release on the internet is the new pillow-punching.

:-/
 
2013-06-24 03:32:49 AM

Great Janitor: I'm holding out for a 4D printer.  My 1D printer is rather useless.  It has height, but lacks width and length.


They already are 4D printers.  The 4th D just isn't very interesting.
 
2013-06-24 03:33:15 AM

Great Janitor: I'm holding out for a 4D printer.  My 1D printer is rather useless.  It has height, but lacks width and length.


What is this? I don't even...
 
2013-06-24 03:44:40 AM

Meethos: Wait what am I missing here? Why does Quantum Apostraphe hate 3D printers?


Because they will be used by NASA in the future to print replacement parts on interplanetary missions.
 
2013-06-24 03:49:15 AM
Sloppy workmanship.
 
2013-06-24 04:09:12 AM
QA definitely seems a little over the edge on this topic, but I must admit I feel for him a little bit. Between the enormous number of 3D printing articles, and that one goddamn Alcubierre Drive piece that keeps getting recycled over and over, all of the pie-in-the-sky idiocy does start to grate on one's nerves a bit.
 
2013-06-24 04:29:19 AM

Meethos: Wait what am I missing here? Why does Quantum Apostrophe hate 3D printers?


It's a simple misunderstanding on his part. The fact is he, and some others, want the technology now and perfect or else it's useless and everyone interested in it is a fool. He can't see this as a potential incremental step towards something better. Yeah, it costs thousands of dollars still, but so what? It's still developing rapidly. Yeah, you can't fly to the moon and 3d print a space base, but that doesn't mean discussing ways to make it possible are entirely useless. It might take well beyond our lifespans to see them really come to fruition, which is another factor in why he hates it, because to him it means scientists are wasting their time they could be spending working on expanding telomeres and curing ageing, because all atoms are ageless, so we don't have to age.

But don't give up, QA, I hope you get your life extension, just as much as I hope we get space colonies in my lifetime. I'm as realistic about the likelihood of both as you are on the likelihood of the space colonies.
 
2013-06-24 04:38:54 AM
puzzles-games.eu
 
2013-06-24 06:27:58 AM
Unless there is a way for a company to make millions of these and THEN change the adaptor you need to charge new ones this will never work.
 
2013-06-24 07:02:32 AM
That's interesting but unless you can 3D print a Philosopher's Stone or a Fountain of Youth, consign it to the land of wind and ghosts.
 
2013-06-24 07:12:29 AM

Slaxl:

It's a simple misunderstanding on his part. The fact is he, and some others, want the technology now and perfect or else it's useless and everyone interested in it is a fool. He can't see this as a potential incremental step towards something better. Yeah, it costs thousands of dollars still, but so what? It's still developing rapidly. Yeah, you can't fly to the moon and 3d print a space base, but that doesn't mean discussing ways to make it possible are entirely useless. It might take well beyond our lifespans to see them really come to fruition, which is another factor in why he hates it, because to him it means scientists are wasting their time they could be spending working on expanding telomeres and curing ageing, because all atoms are ageless, so we don't have to age.

But don't give up, QA, I hope you get your life extension, just as much as I hope we get space colonies in my lifetime. I'm as realistic about the likelihood of both as you are on the likelihood of the space colonies.




Thanks for the info, I now understand he's the type that 40 years ago would have dismissed computers entirely.
 
2013-06-24 07:21:28 AM

Slaxl: Meethos: Wait what am I missing here? Why does Quantum Apostrophe hate 3D printers?

It's a simple misunderstanding on his part. The fact is he, and some others, want the technology now and perfect or else it's useless and everyone interested in it is a fool. He can't see this as a potential incremental step towards something better. Yeah, it costs thousands of dollars still, but so what? It's still developing rapidly. Yeah, you can't fly to the moon and 3d print a space base, but that doesn't mean discussing ways to make it possible are entirely useless. It might take well beyond our lifespans to see them really come to fruition, which is another factor in why he hates it, because to him it means scientists are wasting their time they could be spending working on expanding telomeres and curing ageing, because all atoms are ageless, so we don't have to age.

But don't give up, QA, I hope you get your life extension, just as much as I hope we get space colonies in my lifetime. I'm as realistic about the likelihood of both as you are on the likelihood of the space colonies.


As someone who's spent millions of investor dollars on current sheet and plate metal methods, I'm watching 3D metal printing closely.  For as many tricks as I've picked up to make the current style more efficient, there will be a changeover.  It has more variability in capability, it simplifies multiple work stations into one that's easy to replicate, and it requires little to no operator expertise.  There are other advantages as well.  The key to surviving this as a manufacturer will be to make things that the household and better local 3D printers can't.  Let's face it, people have printed wings.  There's no going back.
 
2013-06-24 07:44:04 AM

Z-clipped: QA definitely seems a little over the edge on this topic, but I must admit I feel for him a little bit. Between the enormous number of 3D printing articles, and that one goddamn Alcubierre Drive piece that keeps getting recycled over and over, all of the pie-in-the-sky idiocy does start to grate on one's nerves a bit.


I feel somewhat sympathetic to some of his statements. All the wishing in the world isn't going to make FTL travel possible. First Contact with aliens, if ever achieved, will not be an alien ship landing on the White House lawn. There are physical limits and constraints that make the Star Trek future of Horatio Hornblower in space only marginally more realistic than Star Wars or Flash Gordon.

A society that harnesses the colossal energy of a star or a galaxy will not resemble anything humanity has ever, or can ever know. Humanity will have to be transformed in order to make a lot of these things possible.

But this is where QA makes the mistake that makes us all want to give him a pop to the jaw - it isn't an either/or proposition. It's not like every penny used on space exploration steals a penny from life extension technology. Rather, if James Burke's Connections and Kurzweil's "Singularity" every technological tool we discover leads to bleedover benefits in other disciplines. This isn't Civilization where you are throwing all your money into a single project, or even a straight line of projects, that ultimately lead to The Immortality Vaccine. In that respect, his argument seems to me along the lines of "well boys, we've built Charles Babbage's Difference Engine. Let's use flywheels and gears to the pinnacle of technology to produce a supercomputer." "But sir, what about research into transitors and quantum mechanics?" "fark off, why waste your time with that? We have a COMPUTER to build!"

Also, that dick never shows up to be happy in threads where there are positive announcements in the field of life extension. That part may annoy me the most.
 
2013-06-24 07:49:15 AM

Great Janitor: I'm holding out for a 4D printer.  My 1D printer is rather useless.  It has height, but lacks width and length.


paging ken kutaragi...
 
2013-06-24 07:49:41 AM

Dracolich: As someone who's spent millions of investor dollars on current sheet and plate metal methods


Because we all have millions of investor dollars just lying around.

This is simply a series of advances in materials fabrication. No part of it is actually printing and some of the techniques aren't even analogous. FAB RI CA TION. Is it that hard to say, or admit that it's not newsworthy every time someone breaks wind near one of these machines.
 
2013-06-24 07:57:44 AM

Triumph: Sloppy workmanship.


"workmanship" <----and you call people sloppy?

You need a lesson in sexism??

Appears as though your parents taught you that well.
 
2013-06-24 08:00:05 AM

RogermcAllen: croesius: In before He-who-must-not-be-named!

I'd love a 3D printer for my own personal use. No real reason in particular, but I bet I could fabricate one hell of a homebrewing setup!

No you couldn't.

/unless you found a way to 3D print stainless steel and you 3D printed yourself a conical
//sharing your homebrew with a welder is the greatest decision you will ever make


Hell, homebrewing is why I became a welder!
 
2013-06-24 08:00:27 AM
Really now .. mods are approving headlines to troll a single specific user.
 
2013-06-24 08:01:23 AM
In recent years engineers have invented many miniaturized devices, including medical implants, flying insect-like robots, and tiny cameras and microphones that fit on a pair of glasses

I'm torn here.  The tiny flying insect-like robots are obviously good for spying on innocent people without them knowing, but the giant flying insect-like robots are great for terrifying the population into submission.
Oh well, I guess nobody said it can't be both!
 
2013-06-24 08:06:58 AM

doglover: Dracolich: As someone who's spent millions of investor dollars on current sheet and plate metal methods

Because we all have millions of investor dollars just lying around.

This is simply a series of advances in materials fabrication. No part of it is actually printing and some of the techniques aren't even analogous. FAB RI CA TION. Is it that hard to say, or admit that it's not newsworthy every time someone breaks wind near one of these machines.


Couldn't be bothered to get informed, eh?
 
2013-06-24 08:19:43 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: Now you nerds are getting excited because someone said "3D printing" although this has nothing to do with the ridiculous rickety gadgets you can buy?


I only know of one Farker who gets all excited whenever someone mentions 3D printing...
 
2013-06-24 08:23:14 AM
3D print me a sammich!
 
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