GreenAdder: Ooh. So does this mean I can call anyone who's against 3D printing a "Nazi?" And I can bemoan how my precious 3D printing rights may be taken away? And I should be able to 3D print in a restaurant, or a store, or anywhere I choose, because if people don't like inhaling the byproduct of my habit, it's their problem and not mine?Can this be that thread?
Firethorn: Mikey1969: No, it doesn't. You don't "melt" the plastic. there is basically a fine powder(similar to printer toner) and an epoxy that makes stuff stick together. Layer of epoxy,layer of powder, rinse, repeat... The powder is still bad for you, but calling it "melted plastic" is completely wrong. They build up, as opposed to cutting down.You're incorrect; the most popular systems do indeed melt the plastic. They don't use powder, but plastic 'filaments' that they melt much like a hot glue gun.There is a powder/epoxy printing system, but then it's metal powder and the epoxy merely holds it in place until you heat it up enough to clear out the epoxy and sinter the metal.
Eleri: Quantum Apostrophe: hardinparamedic: I CHOOSE YOU, TECHNOBEVETS![fc09.deviantart.net image 850x478]Please describe what you have 3D printed , how much it cost, what it was, why you did it that way, and if you did it at home.I'll...actually take you up on that.I had printed a Picatinny rail attachment to replace the back end of a Hasbro LTAR lasertag gun so that I could attach a sight for outdoor lasertag games that I've run for years with a friend. It cost ~$20, including shipping, and I had Shapeways make it for me. It would have cost less to manufacture by hand (probably about $15 including a plastic rail), but I managed to get a part that fit the exact shape snugly, and attached in exactly the manner I wanted it to. Oh, and once I've gotten my second revision and have worked out the bugs I can share this design with everyone who wants one.
ProfessorOhki: Have one run for about 2 minutes. If at that point you haven't realized, "wow, this shiat smells like I shouldn't be breathing it," you probably deserve whatever is coming your way later.
basemetal: I remember the first time the wife fired up a new laminator in the house instead of the garage. Holy hell the fumes were toxic smelling./she didn't have to be told not to do that again
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