Author Topic: Will it ever become common for the average joe to 'print' their own parts?  (Read 647 times)

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Check this out?


http://www.instructables.com/id/One-Washing-Machine-Selector-Knob-to-end-all-Washi/


Sure not everyone is going to have the skills to correctly design a part, but what happens when the people that do have the skills start sharing what they created with everyone else?


Then all anyone needs is to download the file to their 3D printer and wait for the magic to happen.


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Very Cool!  A quick search looks like the Printers start about $2,000.00- $3,000.00 upwards of $8,000.00- $10,000.00.



 

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Very Cool!  A quick search looks like the Printers start about $2,000.00- $3,000.00 upwards of $8,000.00- $10,000.00.

Yes, but I would bet they will come down in price sooner or later.


http://blog.123dapp.com/2013/10/get-a-discounted-3d-printer

You also have the option of sending your project off to be printed instead of printing it on your own 3D printer.

From what little I have read about it so far it takes 1-2 weeks for your project to be printed.

Depending on size, material used and how it's to be cut out, etc... you get a instant price quote when you submit your 3D project file. From there you can go back and change material used for your project or edit what ever else and submit it again for another instant price quote.

Check this out. You don't even have to start your project from scratch. You can snap some photos of a object and go from there.

http://www.123dapp.com/catch

I recall awhile back seeing a story on CNN about a guy printing the first 3D gun.
I had no idea this technology was so far along that guys like me had access to it online already.







 
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I may have found a new hobby, lol...

http://www.instructables.com/group/123d/
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I've worked with these printers - at least the primitive, ancient neanderthal version of them. 

Our machine would glue thin sheets of paper, layer by layer, and cut them with the outline of the part, plus a grid pattern on the non-part.  After finishing all the layers, you'd pick off the non-part with a dental pick, leaving the part.  The resulting model felt basically like wood.  It was difficult to use for hollow objects because you could not get inside to pick out the hollow.

I would imagine that the newer printers would use some sort of polymer, and only lay it down where it needs to go.  I'm sure that there would need to be some sort of support matrix, but it would be removable through some better method than picking.

We also had primitive programs that could turn a photo into a 3-d image.  I'd discussed a business plan with a friend for making custom bobble-heads.  You could send a picture and we'd create a bobble-head of whoever it was.

I think that 3-d mapping would be relatively easy now.  I imagine a camera mounted like a microscope above a turn-table with precise measurements.  Place the item, snap a few pictures as it is rotated, and the software triangulates the images and turns it into a 3-d image in the computer.  That would be primitive, but would work.  I'm sure you can get better accuracy using sonar or x-rays, or some such.

The knob that the guy made is nifty, but the same effect could be made using a block, a drill, and a woodruff key.  Or, a set of vice-grips!  Anybody ever seen the "There, I fixed it!" site?

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Our machine would glue thin sheets of paper, layer by layer, and cut them with the outline of the part, plus a grid pattern on the non-part.  After finishing all the layers, you'd pick off the non-part with a dental pick, leaving the part.  The resulting model felt basically like wood.  It was difficult to use for hollow objects because you could not get inside to pick out the hollow.


With http://www.123dapp.com/make you can slice up your 3d model and print out the shapes to use as template.
Then cut the shapes out of wood, cardboard or what have you. Then put the pieces together to create your 3d model.
Sounds a bit like what you had described doing.

I don't see myself getting a 3d printer anytime soon or cutting out a million cardboard shapes, but I find the software used to design the 3d models very interesting. If I comes up with something I ever want fabricated there are option to have someone else do the fabricating part for me.

Here is a item I come across the other day, http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1078864724/pocket-wrench?ref=live
I have had simular idea's like the pocket wrench myself, but never knew what steps to take to go from idea to a finished product that I could hold in my hand, but I do now. :)
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Another small appliance parts someone created themselves.

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:165055

Been playing around with http://www.123dapp.com/design
It don't take long to get the basics down after watching a few youtube videos.

Just for fun I got my calipers out and took some measurements on my screwpop screwdriver I had just received the other day.



Then I started dragging, dropping, entering my measurements and a few minutes later I come up with this..
http://www.123dapp.com/MyCorner/ApplianceJunk-20979281
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