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3D "Printers"
« on: May 04, 2012, 10:58:07 AM »
This is incredible. I don't know what medium it can use - whether it's limited or not but no doubt it will get more and more sophisticated.  Click the photo links to see different applications etc.

http://www.wired.com/design/2012/04/10-things-3d-printers-can-do-now/?pid=163

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Re: 3D "Printers"
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2012, 11:42:19 AM »
Hi Pat

I think you must have been so excited about this that you... mm... forgot the links ;)
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Re: 3D "Printers"
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2012, 12:55:47 PM »
Pat, not sure which ones you are referring to (as no links), but 3D printers have been around for a while now.

The basic principle is to create something by 'printing' a series of thin layers on top of each other to build a 3D object.

Plastic us commonly used as the construction material (easy to melt, solidifies nicely, cheap), but hobbyists have created ones using things like sugar as well http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/3printerpreview

They are commonly used to create prototypes of things in design / manufacturing.
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Re: 3D "Printers"
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2012, 10:15:44 AM »
Links now in place - I was in the middle of of a family crisis :(

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