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Is anyone else interested in 3D printers?
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Only in as much as I was fascinated watching one producing metal objects. As for the wrench video that you refer to in your profile, it's been proven to be a fake. It is impossible to wave a hand held scanner over an item with internal parts and produce an identical working model!

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I've been interested in 3D scanners and 3D printers ever since reading about them in Make Magazine. Make's blog, makezine.com, has had scads of articles on 3D printing. They also sell kits to make your own 3D printer, but they are much smaller than ones which generate full size wrenches.
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Only in as much as I was fascinated watching one producing metal objects. As for the wrench video that you refer to in your profile, it's been proven to be a fake. It is impossible to wave a hand held scanner over an item with internal parts and produce an identical working model!
you are correct that a scanner is not able to "see" inside an object with moveable parts. Many fakes on you tube is a given. My interest lies in the modeling and production of prototypes and the future of producting parts/items. It is possiable to model and produce items with moveing parts that have, for example, an axel with a worm gear that turns a threaded shaft. I've held in my hand such an object. Specifically a set of gears on a set of axels that turn together in a geometric pattern. This is shown in the thumbnail pictures when you Google 3D printer. I feel this is the future of the manufacturing that is returning to the USA. Your input and insight is well taken, thanks Harrysin.
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Bradley, I am constantly making drawings for the purposes to 3d printing (a.k.a. 3d plots & rapid prototypes). All of mine have been individual parts. All of which I have held in my hands. I utilize AutoCAD in a Solid Modeling environment, but I've only made models with individual parts. I've never had one file to create multiple parts. If my memory serves me correctly, I believe stereolithography to work only on individual solids per file. We've always made complex assemblies using multiple models (parts) per assembly. Many of my parts are actually quite fragile - but have all served me as expected for dimchex and fit/function. It cuts months of time out of having individual parts machined from metal, ceramics, etc. I do not personally own a 3d printer, but have several services that I can email .stl files to and then have a gypsum/latex laser-hardened part in my hand in a week or less! Of the vendors I've used, Modern Tech Mech in Knoxville, TN has been by far the best! Many of my inventions or prototypes for other inventors end-up needing a part that is injection-molded. The old way of getting IM prototypes took months, this takes ONE WEEK! ...and it is very inexpensive...part size (or a scaled-down model must fit within the confines of an 11" cube, but often scaling if very simple! Good luck! It is a ton of fun!

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Bradley, as a follow-up let me also say this, if you need such drawings - let me know. I can often make the (virtual) model in a matter of minutes, which I would certainly do for you at no charge - because I am a really nice guy. I would provide you some photos of some of my "3d plots", but because of confidentiality agreements with my customers, I cannot publish those. I also have some of my own, but they are unpublishable, due to USPTO laws, rules & regulations. I always do everything above board and by the rule of the customer, law firm, USPTO, etc. I am sure you understand.... Good Luck!

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The 3D metal deposition printer that I stood in awe watching for about an hour was at our most prestigious university, UWA a few months ago. The drawings and data were fed into the computer and what looked like a castle chess piece was growing in front of my eyes. Not only was it three dimensional, but inside was a spiral staircase with an almost microscopic handrail! The university had numerous 3D plastic printers in various departments but I didn't have time to explore any of these.
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A 3D printer would be super great! ! !
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Bradley, I too think 3D printing is a fascinating field. The ability to produce a relatively complex part directly from a digital drawing is a huge step forward for many aspects of manufacturing as well as quick prototyping and of course builders and makers such as all of us at the forum.

I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but just think of the parts which could be made for the various projects we see on the forum. Just today someone was looking for a large "paddle" quick turn-off switch...that is only one example of a part which could be made on a 3D printer. The possibilities are endless.

Boeing is using 3D printers for various complex parts for systems inside the planes. I would be interested in others experiences with 3D printers. Many smaller printers and/or kits are now priced less than a middle of the road cabinet style table saw!
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My apologies to Router Forum for straying from the main topic of routers by my discussions on 3D printers. It was a tangent I went off to from 3D routers, CarveWright and others. So we may stay true to R/F, is someone able to advise me of the correct site/forum to visit to discuss and learn about 3D printers? Thanks again R/F for such a quality site.

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