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3D Printers and Rapid Prototyping?

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  1. #21

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgl
    I keep wanting to buy a 3D printer to mess with, but cannot come up with any plausible justifications. Anything that I'd want to 3D print would have to be made of metal and a replacement for CNC, which isn't practical for consumer use.

    Reading the 3D printing Wikipedia article is less than encouraging:

    "As of 2012, domestic 3D printing has mainly captivated hobbyists and enthusiasts and has not quite gained recognition for practical household applications. A working clock has been made[48] and gears have been printed for home woodworking machines[49] among other purposes.[50] 3D printing is also used for ornamental objects. Web sites associated with home 3D printing tend to include backscratchers, coathooks, doorknobs etc."

    Doorknobs and coathooks. Yay.
    JGL, Gadgets never have to be justified, you just need to lie about the price to the missus!
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  2. #22
    preludefan
    Quote Originally Posted by flameproof
    Hard to believe. The Reprap by definition is highly modular. If one piece malfunctions you simply replace it and you are up again. It malfunctions again, you replace it with something better.
    Hard to believe yes. But that's what I was told...wish they would give it to me instead!

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    Quote Originally Posted by preludefan
    Hard to believe yes. But that's what I was told...
    Not everything they tell you must be always true.

    Most of the 3D filament printers are more or less similar to the Reprap.

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    preludefan

    Mmmm...

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  5. #25
    preludefan

    To update this thread, there is a guy at dumsum labs-hackjam hk that is selling a locally made 3d printer for $6k

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    I ordered a MakiBox, made by a gwailo run startup in Kwai Chung. It was less than HK$2000 from memory, should be here in a moth or two as they have a huge backlog and seem to assemble them slowly...

    http://makibox.com/


  7. #27
    preludefan

    Wow thats cheap!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by 100LL
    I ordered a MakiBox.....should be here in a moth or two as they have a huge backlog and seem to assemble them slowly...

    http://makibox.com/
    I look at them since some time. Their schedule was shipping the first 100 in March ........ 2012 ...
    http://makibox.com/blogpost/items/hot-plastic-action

    ....now it's 2014 - and they started to ship only recently. Now they shipped about 400 and I estimate that their backlog is about 2000. That should keep them busy till maybe March/April (2014, I hope).

    When they run out of old orders then I will order one.

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    I'm curious- what would you guys intend to make with these things? Recently the only thing I've wanted which would be 3D printed is a fairly specialised battery holder. Most retail ones for the battery sizes that I use (18650 lithiums) are really shoddy.

    I did find a good design on Thingverse and contacted a HK-based company that does prints for consumers, but they never got back to me. So I'm just going to fall back to duct tape, sugru and soldering!


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    Question Revenge?

    Quote Originally Posted by jgl
    I'm curious- what would you guys intend to make with these things? Recently the only thing I've wanted which would be 3D printed is a fairly specialised battery holder. Most retail ones for the battery sizes that I use (18650 lithiums) are really shoddy.

    I did find a good design on Thingverse and contacted a HK-based company that does prints for consumers, but they never got back to me. So I'm just going to fall back to duct tape, sugru and soldering!



    One quite effective way I've found is to e'mail bomb recalcitrant respondents !



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