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Old 05-09-2007, 07:58 AM
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That would be really cool for do custom interior mods. Making switch blanks or GPS mounts etc....
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Old 05-09-2007, 10:06 AM
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The model train guys are going to go nuts. Model trains, model builders, R/C hobbyists, doll houses..... Go to the grocery store and look at how many magazines are on the shelf for just these hobbys. I think the potential for something like this is huge. "I need to order it from Tower Hobbys before this weekends race..." will become "I downloaded the specs from the forum, let me print it out and we'll race this afternoon".

And yeah "Earl Gray, hot..." I like the one where the gypsyies (how do you spell the plural of gypsy?) are brewing their own hooch because they don't like the synthyhol from the replicator. Did I just let on too much about my college days?

Anyway, cool product. As cool as Nakman, I don't know......
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Old 05-09-2007, 10:49 AM
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We've got a guy in our shop who works part time, he's retired. He also is a model train hobbiest, so yeah we've run our share of train parts. He runs the masters here then casts them at home, makes his own replicas. Eric I'll send you a switch blank and CB holder, what color's your interior? And I'm surprised none of you pointed out the flaw that the writer referred to the transporter, not the replicator. Geez, you call yourselves trekkies..


One big issue with toys & dolls is not all the materials are FDA approved, or at all safe to be sucked on. The nylon is ok, but the SLA resin is pretty bad for you, as are the urethanes, the PolyJet parts, and the waxes. That will be a real hurdle to overcome before every dad will run out and buy a 3D printer to make doll arms for his kid... until then just buy sintered nylon from me!
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And I'm surprised none of you pointed out the flaw that the writer referred to the transporter, not the replicator. Geez, you call yourselves trekkies..
Too funny!
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Old 05-09-2007, 01:39 PM
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Pretty sweet, I am with Jenny, don't NEED one but WANT ONE!!!

Way cool stuff.
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Old 05-09-2007, 03:55 PM
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Is this just a cool SLA machine? Back at Georgia Tech we just got wind that the ME students were looking for things to run in the SLA machine... as an Industrial Design major, I must have gotten about 3-4K worth of free prototypes done on one of those little machines. I know they were not 5k back then.

I want one, that prints in Titanium!

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Old 05-11-2007, 10:09 PM
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Is this just a cool SLA machine? Back at Georgia Tech we just got wind that the ME students were looking for things to run in the SLA machine... as an Industrial Design major, I must have gotten about 3-4K worth of free prototypes done on one of those little machines. I know they were not 5k back then.

I want one, that prints in Titanium!

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Drew, same basic technology but different from traditional SLA. The M-270 from EOS will print in Titanium, also stainless. wanna go in on one? Only ~$800K. If you (or anyone) really needed a custom RP'd metal part I could actually source that for you.. but get your wallet out it'll be 4 digits for sure.
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We have a Titanium RP machine at work as well as a bunch of the SLA machines. The Titanium uses an Electron beam to melt Titanium powder into solid parts, pretty cool stuff. We use all of our machines to produce models for surgical planning and other medically related stuff. We convert CT scans into STL files then produce models in the machines in various plastics or Titanium. The Titanium parts haven't been approved by the gov'ment yet for implantation, but soon enough. You'll be able to get a CT scan, have a model created of your joint, skull, etc, then we'll use that to produce a titanium replacement part for you.
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Old 05-12-2007, 07:54 PM
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All this stuff is really cool!
Isn't titanium powder pretty pricey?
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Old 05-13-2007, 06:33 AM
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I imagine we might approach the Nakman cool factor, but it will be hard to actually achieve....
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