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07-08-2011, 08:17 AM #1
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07-08-2011, 08:25 AM #2
07-08-2011, 08:37 AM #3
Z Corp is in Burlington. One of my friends was an engineer for them before he went to grad school.
He could have taken a 3D printer home with him to work on projects in his spare time but he didn't.
They make 3D Scanners too. I made a custom stock for my 10/22 and he scanned it, then re-printed it.
I still have it sitting at home. The edges need work if I'm going to throw a 10/22 receiver in it.
Pretty cool stuff. He printed me a V6 engine block about 4 inches long one day.
Scanning it is not quite as simple as waving a wand over it and it's done. You'll need to do some work in a CAAD program to define certain things before printing.
These printers are used for rapid prototyping because the material produced isn't really designed for hard use.
And it takes quite a bit of time. My 10/22 stock took almost over 3 hours to print.
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07-08-2011, 08:49 AM #4
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07-08-2011, 09:14 AM #5
07-08-2011, 09:16 AM #6
I've had many parts made using that technology.
The material they were demoing is not much use beyond show and tell. After a few days it
becomes brittle and will break fairly easily. Although, there are printers out there that can
print in ABS, glass-filled nylon as well as bronze and stainless steel. These are much more
durable and useful. They are, by no means, high precision parts. But they work.
I have used plastic and metal parts in product, but only prototype and short run items.
By the way. The wrench they scanned is NOT the one they printed.
There is NO WAY they would be able to recreate the threads using the scanner alone.
Can we say, canned demo for the camera? I think we can boys and girls.
Last edited by PixelPusher; 07-08-2011 at 09:19 AM.
07-08-2011, 09:21 AM #7
07-08-2011, 09:24 AM #8
Do a YouTube search on reprap. You can build one at home.
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07-08-2011, 09:32 AM #9
That's quite impressive, but I won't be truly impressed until the 3D printer can print another 3D printer. (In which case, I think that means we just invented the universal assembler, and the universe will soon be consumed by 3D printers replicating themselves as they use up all available material.)
07-08-2011, 09:40 AM #10