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Solidoodle 2 – the sub-$500 3D printer

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3D printing is the future of manufacturing in the United States. Rapid proto typing is necessary in the 21'st century. I'm so committed that school begins for me in June for an Assoc. Degree in applied science to do 3D printing. Opportunities are unlimited. Contact ne for more info.
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Really neat, our family business owns a couple of these (different models). If I find the time I'll drive out there, snap some pictures and maybe a video of it in action Very cool though.

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That is less than a decent CNC ?????

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3d printing is cool but it works with plastic and I like working with wood.
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They can, and do work with metal, will you settle for that? Possibly re-constituted wood that quickly hardens on contact with the air! These days just about anything is possible.

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I went to the site but did not see anything about using metal or re-constituted wood. I think it is a very cool idea though.
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I mentioned in an early post that I stood watching a metal object, it looked like a chess castle with an internal spiral staircase complete with a hand rail not much thicker than a coarse hair being produced on a 3D printer at one of our university open days. An arm came across and sprinkled metallic powder powder followed by a laser beam and this was repeated until the item was finished. It was a fascinating experience.

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That does sound like a fascinating experience.
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3d printing is the future of manufacturing. The possiabilities are endless, even saw it used in a dentists office to create a crown. This was done in a short time while waiting in the office, then installed. What is a short time in the dentists office, ha, ha?!?! Metel and composits are being used at this time for rapid prototyping and final products, even sockets for impact tools. Interested in reading others experiances with 3d printing. Fascinating topic and discussion.
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