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Article on 3D printing - worth the short read.

Postby Areomyst » Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:28 pm

fastcoexist.com - 3D Printers article

Such tools could (and probably will) change the capabilities by far of current 2-stroke cylinders I would think! I think I'll look into this more to see what these things can and cannot do, but from my understanding Frits Overmars was able to make his famous "FOS Cylinders" on a machine like this.

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Postby scootertrog » Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:43 pm

Yet another Star Trek vision becoming reality - viva la replicator! :D

This type of technology is already in use for prototyping, although I have not heard of anything "solid", like steel being printed.

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Postby zombie » Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:44 pm

It's most useful application is in "lost wax" casting models. They've been using it in automotive applications for years. (Mercedes/BMW). Actually anything that can be cast can be modeled with this process.
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Postby Areomyst » Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:52 pm

Yeah, I think this makes the job of moldmaking a LOT easier. I could be wrong. I've been meaning to post up some more ideas on this, but haven't had the opportunity to get it all together.

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Postby SLOWRIDER » Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:09 am

I came across an article, i found back in Aug 2011, Its called Dimentioning and raw product goes in and an engine block comes out with threaded holes and every exact detail, identical to the cast alloy original, in this case the engine was a prototype for Le man's, so the block hadnt been made yet just CAD designed.

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As you can see the clutch, block, cam cover, coils, all made of a composite, this was used so the motor could be put into the car to place all the plumbing under the body work, the fast prototyping was so fast this engine was designed and raced in 6 months, they are now making parts you can bolt on.

this is the car and engine in action, http://youtu.be/ok9s8aEyv3w

I subscribe to RACECAR ENGINEERING and there is some amazing articles, like the 3stroke and 5 stroke engine, carbon nano exhaust and clutchless F1 where the diff opens to stop drive. All very cool and eye opening.
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Postby zombie » Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:46 pm

I saw that TV show "American Guns" where they made a complete stock for a specialty gun in about an hour. The finished product is what they made. No trimming/molding/re engineering. The process is the bomb for sure.
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Postby DanielO. » Fri Sep 07, 2012 11:05 am

This is the hotness... 3d printing could be the answer for me for pattern making.. and that inline 6 is amazing.. I've always loved six inline, but that one is actually state of the art.. sounds great too..!

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Postby GIXXER » Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:38 am

Those machines are amazing.

One of my friends just had a great idea. You take a 3d printer, and with it you print another 3d printer! Then you sell it! Repeat forever and become Bill Gates rich.

They can do that right? RIGHT? :D
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Postby Areomyst » Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:51 pm

It's getting so much more affordable!

http://www.makerbot.com/

The possibilities are awesome.

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Postby keith217 » Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:13 pm

A lot of people have the wrong idea with 3D printing. I think all the media agencies are misreporting the capabilities of the 3d printers thouh too. I dont think that its that big of a deal where you need to regulate everything. However, the possiblities and potential are great. Still a lot of kinks that need to get worked out. It's like a new frontier and we don't know howvast the possibilities are yet. Everything takes multiple prints right now to perfect... lol. And all 3d printers are not the same.

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Postby waxhead » Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:26 pm

We are getting one at work. it was ordered last week its going to be fun to play with
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Postby Dill » Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:43 pm

I myself am excited for the possibilities. Also considered buying stock in one of the major companies (I mean how can this not be a huge industry in my lifetime?).

I have been learning 3d modeling in hopes of being able to have knowledge of how to create models when required.

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Postby waxhead » Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:00 am

I took a video of it working today. It only does 100 x 100 x 100 mm.
But its pretty cool

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDcEagO7 ... e=youtu.be
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Postby johnnywheels » Sun Nov 22, 2015 2:20 am

Dill wrote:I myself am excited for the possibilities. Also considered buying stock in one of the major Airwheels S3T (I mean how can this not be a huge industry in my lifetime?).

I have been learning 3d modeling in hopes of being able to have knowledge of how to create models when required.


I've been following 3d printing and modeling for a little over a year now and it's pretty crazy to see the developments that have been made this year alone. I think there's some big things coming in this industry for sure.


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