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The Zevad
07-25-2011, 06:05 PM
But this is some cool shit.






http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZboxMsSz5Aw&feature=player_embedded




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7h09dTVkdw&feature=player_embedded



http://www.ted.com/talks/anthony_atala_printing_a_human_kidney.html

Phantom Eagle
07-25-2011, 06:09 PM
They've been in science fiction for about twenty years now, and were even recently demonstrated on the Colbert Report.

silverboy
07-25-2011, 06:19 PM
What the fuck.

MayorMitch100
07-25-2011, 06:23 PM
A few years ago my dad was looking into buying a 3d print for no reason. We just thought it was really cool and wanted to see what it could do. But it never panned out.

The Zevad
07-25-2011, 06:26 PM
http://www.pcworld.com/article/229927/makerbot_3d_prints_stephen_colberts_head_stephen_h as_wings_and_tentacleswho_knew.html

Found that Colbert Report you mentioned P.E.

Phantom Eagle
07-25-2011, 06:32 PM
http://www.pcworld.com/article/229927/makerbot_3d_prints_stephen_colberts_head_stephen_h as_wings_and_tentacleswho_knew.html

Found that Colbert Report you mentioned P.E.

Righteous. Some of the cooler scifi writers have featured them in their fiction for quite a while. I seem to remember the cyberpunk guys mentioned them, and some of the space opera dudes. Guys like Gibson, Sterling, Stanwyck, Stross and Banks.

Cth
07-25-2011, 07:02 PM
Yup, used em in school last year.

The Zevad
07-25-2011, 07:06 PM
Yup, used em in school last year.

Who are you?????

Dreaded Anomaly
07-25-2011, 08:16 PM
I have not used one personally, but I have seen designs that a former roommate had fabricated with one.

It's getting even cooler now, because some of them can work with metals directly, instead of just plastic/polymers.

dougmac
07-25-2011, 08:28 PM
my buddy thats in graphic design has one at his work. it is mind blowing when you first see it in action

JesterPepper?
07-25-2011, 10:39 PM
3D printers could change the world. Particularly self-replicating ones.

http://reprap.org/wiki/Main_Page

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reprap

Imagine someday downloading most of your electronics or kitchenware or whatever from the internet then printing them, all out of one personal printer. You'd just need the raw materials to feed the printer.

I don't know to what extent we'll be able to achieve this, but the potential is exciting.

Dreaded Anomaly
07-25-2011, 10:42 PM
3D printers could change the world. Particularly self-replicating ones.

http://reprap.org/wiki/Main_Page

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reprap

Imagine someday downloading most of your electronics or kitchenware or whatever from the internet then printing them, all out of one personal printer. You'd just need the raw materials to feed the printer.

I don't know to what extent we'll be able to achieve this, but the potential is exciting.

And now, imagine the arguments that will occur, both on message boards and in courtrooms, when you can actually illegally download a car. :twisted:

Bedlam66
07-26-2011, 02:50 AM
Blizzard Does a Version of this with 3D Paper Printers. U can upload your Chars Avatar and get a 3D model of it Printed up fully Colored and everything. They've been doing it for a few years now but this look more Sophisticated.

Greygor
07-26-2011, 03:27 AM
Okay, the gamer in me geeked out a little.

Need a fleet or Earth Alliance cruisers for Babylon 5 Wars, if you have the 3-D data for them just print them out.

At least that's my interpretation of this

Dreaded Anomaly
07-30-2011, 02:23 PM
Southampton engineers fly the world’s first ‘printed’ aircraft (http://www.soton.ac.uk/mediacentre/news/2011/jul/11_75.shtml)

Weeto
07-30-2011, 02:55 PM
Something like that would be fantastic for me as I dabble in design work. They've been all over British TV and the BBC in particular.

Mike McNeely
07-30-2011, 09:19 PM
This would make it much easier to get a chase figure.

costello
07-31-2011, 06:16 AM
The Economist had a nice article about the subject printed in February.

Matthew Brown
07-31-2011, 06:33 AM
I got to play with these in school, but I wasn't a very good 3D modeler.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2895019/3dprint01.jpg

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2895019/3dprint02.jpg

Then again, a lot of the coolest models in class fell apart at the printing stage. It's really easy to break them in the earlier stages, or for them even to break on their own if parts are too small.

Supreme Convoy
08-06-2011, 11:03 PM
Wow, that's pretty amazing!

xyzzy
08-07-2011, 07:47 AM
They were all over Maker Fair this past May. What's crazy is how much and how quickly they're improving.