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Discussion on the future of 3D printing
« on: May 06, 2014, 02:18:35 PM »
It seems like a lot of people are excited about this. I have been following discussion on the Mars settlement groups and some of them feel like we are not terribly far off using some sort of this tech. to develop infrastructure on the red planet, and possibly here, if we have to.

I do not know much about it, anyone here have practical experience with this technology?

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Re: Discussion on the future of 3D printing
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2014, 02:24:28 PM »
I don't know much about it, but the little I have been around it I am impressed. a friend is an engineer for a MC/ATV aftermarket company and he prints his products to try them for fit, etc. pretty impressive and a lot cheaper than machining.
I believe someone has printed and fired a 1911 .45 ACP so the possibilities seem endless.
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Re: Discussion on the future of 3D printing
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2014, 02:32:36 PM »
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Re: Discussion on the future of 3D printing
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2014, 02:38:32 PM »
The key to 3D printing is ALL in the design.  It will revolutionize manufacturing in the future.  Double edged sword however.  Not many workers needed in a farm of 3D printers, printing out engine parts, tools and composite furniture...

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Re: Discussion on the future of 3D printing
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2014, 02:44:48 PM »
The key to 3D printing is ALL in the design.  It will revolutionize manufacturing in the future.  Double edged sword however.  Not many workers needed in a farm of 3D printers, printing out engine parts, tools and composite furniture...

true, but when some doors close others open.
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Re: Discussion on the future of 3D printing
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2014, 03:02:27 PM »
Here's a pretty good article;
http://www.techrepublic.com/article/10-industries-3d-printing-will-disrupt-or-decimate/#.

Mass production seems to be a ways off yet.

I'm not going to be anywhere near first in line for 3D printed food.   I had 'tacos' in Japan;  they sure looked like taco's, but they certainly did NOT taste like taco's, and all the textures were off too.

I like the idea of being able to make (or have made) any part for any product you own.  This becomes even better if we'll be able to upgrade any part.  The original failed, make the replacement better.

I see a market for community 'printing' shops that have multiple printers of various capacities.


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Re: Discussion on the future of 3D printing
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2014, 04:37:03 PM »
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Re: Discussion on the future of 3D printing
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2014, 10:42:54 PM »

I see a market for community 'printing' shops that have multiple printers of various capacities.


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Re: Discussion on the future of 3D printing
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2014, 10:48:42 PM »
Are the composites all plastics and glass for strong items, I assume on Mars you have soil and minerals, possibly ice at the poles?

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Re: Discussion on the future of 3D printing
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2014, 10:55:11 PM »
Interesting vid of a building.

I envision a time where localities will have 3D "manufacturing" sites. Products will be made locally for pickup. No shipping of finished product across the globe.
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Re: Discussion on the future of 3D printing
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2014, 11:19:34 AM »
I envision a time where localities will have 3D "manufacturing" sites. Products will be made locally for pickup. No shipping of finished product across the globe.

Only shipping of parts to repair the printers!

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Re: Discussion on the future of 3D printing
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2014, 12:13:27 PM »

I'm not going to be anywhere near first in line for 3D printed food.   I had 'tacos' in Japan;  they sure looked like taco's, but they certainly did NOT taste like taco's, and all the textures were off too.



NASA is experimenting with 3-D printers to create food for long duration missions.

http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/home/feature_3d_food_prt.htm
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