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    Tech Discussion: 3D printing
    Aleph Objects, Inc. announces a bigger and better 3D printer today:...

    3D printing refers to the technology of fabricating three dimensional objects using a device connected to a computer.
    The 3D printing technology has come a long way during the last few years.
    There are now a large number of different 3D printers available.
    Many of them are quite low cost, under $500.
    Some of them are available in kit form, which helps keep the price down.
    The $500 threshold means that 3D printers are available at a cost similar to what B/W inkjet printers cost when they were first introduced more than 20 years ago.
    (The TAZ printer shown in the picture above is very nice, but also quite expensive, at $2,195, €1,693 or £1,436)

    Here are a few comparison lists of some of the 3D printers currently available:


    3D Printer Comparison

    Results from 3D Printing survey 2013

    Most inexpensive 3D printers work by melting a plastic filament thread that is typically around 1.75mm in diameter,
    while moving the print head with the heating element and/or the printer object platform in the X, Y and Z coordinates.

    The price of the printer is primarily governed by it physical size, which defines the size of the objects that it is able to create.
    Its precision, or granularity, will also affect the cost of the device.
    The better quality printers have a heated platform, which helps reducing distortion in the objects being created.

    The cost of the printed objects are governed by their weight.
    Current prices for the spools of plastic filament thread needed as raw material are around $60 to $70 per Kilo ($133 to $156 per lb).

    A support forum for 3D printing technology can be found here:

    Here are some samples of 3D printed objects:

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    (This post was last modified: 01-20-2014, 03:48 PM by velvetfog.)

    Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
    - Robert A. Heinlein
    I have nothing valuable to add (what else is new) but that's fucking amazing!!
    Hewlett Packard has announced that it will enter the 3D printer market this summer.
    This is what their first model looks like.

    [Image: hp_designjet_3d_525px.jpg]

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    If 3D printers follow the same pricing trends over time as we have seen in the past with consumer grade inkjet and laser printers,
    this should result in a significant price reduction of 3D printers during the next several years.

    Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
    - Robert A. Heinlein
    This news item is quite interesting:

    A 3D-printed house is being built right...
    Architects in Amsterdam have begun construction on what they're...

    Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.
    - Robert A. Heinlein

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