LazyMedia: tennyson: LazyMedia: Wow, they used the miracle of 3D printing to make a plastic thing that could have been cast a hundred years ago or vacuformed in the '50s. What other wonders will 3D printing perform today?I'm all with you on the skepticism about 3D printing, which hasn't come anywhere near the hype and doesn't appear to be getting there fast.But bone replacements are one pretty good use of it. It's a case where the only structural property you need is "hard", and the shape matters more than anything. It doesn't need to be flexible, or conductive, or heat-resistant, or squishy, or reflective, or a combination of various properties in various parts. Maybe some day 3D printers will give us those things, but it doesn't appear to be any time soon.Meantime, I do appreciate the few things it's good at, most especially its ability to do one-offs inexpensively. Something you can't get with anything that requires a mold. (But it can be good for making molds!)Oh, I'm totally down with 3D printing (or additive manufacturing, which is a more descriptive name). It's quite cool, and certainly has it's place among a lot of other ways to make stuff. But the 3D printer fanboys swooning over how they're going to bittorrent a free Tesla make me tired, so I exaggerate for effect.
Dingleberry Dickwad: If Farkers were actually saying anything remotely like that without it being sarcasm you'd have a point. The overwhelming majority of people, at least on this site, realize that the technology has a ways to go before it's practical for any kind of real major home use. The medical field has been coming up with great stuff for the technology though, and the tech has been some progress in the prototyping field as well.
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