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I was at Home Depot today and astounded to see a Dremel 3D printer prominently displayed. I guess we'll eventually be making plastic parts as needed and on demand. Priced at just under $1,000 it will probably be even cheaper in a few years. I can only hope low-priced laser cutters are on the way too.

Here's Home Depot's 3D printer web page: Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer-3D20-01 at The Home Depot

And here's Dremel's: https://3dprinter.dremel.com/

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Oliver its incredible what they keep coming up with and I suppose the more that make them the cheaper they will become.

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It was only a few months ago that I heard they were around $5k. It wasn't really all that long ago that a good 2D laser printer cost as much as that 3D.

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From what I've beed reading I think these 3D printers are in need of a little more refinement yet , but I think there an awesome technology and will be common place in the near future

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From what I've beed reading I think these 3D printers are in need of a little more refinement yet , but I think there an awesome technology and will be common place in the near future
Maybe for the cheaper end, but high end 3D printers are now regularly creating aircraft components as well as medical implants. It will be a matter of time only for this level of quality migrates down to consumer level.

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Maybe for the cheaper end, but high end 3D printers are now regularly creating aircraft components as well as medical implants. It will be a matter of time only for this level of quality migrates down to consumer level.
Yes this is true . In the last James Bond movie they made a 1/3 scale Aston Martin to blow up towards the end and it was built with a 3D printer . The bad news is I think it was over 100 G's for this printer and it used lasers to form each layer . It's located in Germany

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This could end those late night runs when the grand-kids run our of Lego parts.
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I can see a time when we order a part and they send a file to our 3 D printer and print it there and we have it. Now how do we print wood on one?
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Far cry from my first dot matrix printer 32 years ago! Back then we couldn't even get a 'g' or 'y' to print normally in 2 dimensions, now we are printing in 3

The degree that they have been able to get cnc and 3d printing down to the 'hobby' level with tools like this and the carvewright machines are awesome.

I may have to stretch the limits of logic and justify something like this as a study aid for my 'engineer's in training' to help prepare them for college... of course if I have to learn how it works to help them.....

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