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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:16 am 
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... can do so much more than just make action figure templates for us.

Check this out!

http://youtu.be/5YYPJzeSj9Y

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 Post subject: Re: 3D printers
PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:14 am 
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Yeah, I'll wait until they are more reasonably priced.

Like in 5-10 years. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: 3D printers
PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:59 am 
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bnjmnrlyr wrote:
... can do so much more than just make action figure templates for us.



You say that like anything else matters :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: 3D printers
PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:23 am 
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Yeah, I'll wait until they are more reasonably priced.

Like in 5-10 years. :mrgreen:


I don't know. I saw at the NYCC in Oct 2012... They had the machine there. The unit was around 600.
Now it only works with PLASTIC resign beads, so it doesn't have the Metal or "whatever" you like as the Youtube video describes.

For the unit, only issue was the size. I believe the box was about 6in x 6x x 6in. Maybe a little bigger... I'm going from memory here.

Remember, you sill need to be a 3D CAD expert to design whatever part you want. I do CAD for work. And it is not easy. FUN, but not short or easy.


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 Post subject: Re: 3D printers
PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:48 am 
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I would guess we're closer to 20 years away from this being in consumer homes. They not only need to become smaller and more efficient, but also much cheaper and those two things aren't generally related in consumer electronics until companies have moved on to the "next" thing. Adding color printing to a model would be a plus as well. The other side of it, is that software or programs need to be developed that make designing what you want easier, or give you stock options of things to print. I said this about five years ago, and I think it will happen in our lifetimes, but I think we will one day have an iTunes like store with figure and character options to buy, download, and print our figures. Just imagine, choosing Superman, the costume or colors you want him in and then the type of figure you would like (size, style, ect) and printing it out. DC and Marvel could completely phase out Mattel and Hasbro and reap all the profits from any type of figure you bought.


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 Post subject: Re: 3D printers
PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 10:24 am 
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Staples is starting to carry a consumer level printer...assuming you're the average pay $1,300 for a printer consumer.

http://www.staples.com/Cube-3D-Printers ... _SS2044291


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 Post subject: Re: 3D printers
PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 9:56 am 
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j1h15233 wrote:
I would guess we're closer to 20 years away from this being in consumer homes. They not only need to become smaller and more efficient, but also much cheaper and those two things aren't generally related in consumer electronics until companies have moved on to the "next" thing. Adding color printing to a model would be a plus as well. The other side of it, is that software or programs need to be developed that make designing what you want easier, or give you stock options of things to print. I said this about five years ago, and I think it will happen in our lifetimes, but I think we will one day have an iTunes like store with figure and character options to buy, download, and print our figures. Just imagine, choosing Superman, the costume or colors you want him in and then the type of figure you would like (size, style, ect) and printing it out. DC and Marvel could completely phase out Mattel and Hasbro and reap all the profits from any type of figure you bought.


I guess I'm having a hard time of wrapping my head around the idea that a printer can make us an action figure.

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 Post subject: Re: 3D printers
PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 10:02 am 
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Bunger43 wrote:
j1h15233 wrote:
I would guess we're closer to 20 years away from this being in consumer homes. They not only need to become smaller and more efficient, but also much cheaper and those two things aren't generally related in consumer electronics until companies have moved on to the "next" thing. Adding color printing to a model would be a plus as well. The other side of it, is that software or programs need to be developed that make designing what you want easier, or give you stock options of things to print. I said this about five years ago, and I think it will happen in our lifetimes, but I think we will one day have an iTunes like store with figure and character options to buy, download, and print our figures. Just imagine, choosing Superman, the costume or colors you want him in and then the type of figure you would like (size, style, ect) and printing it out. DC and Marvel could completely phase out Mattel and Hasbro and reap all the profits from any type of figure you bought.


I guess I'm having a hard time of wrapping my head around the idea that a printer can make us an action figure.


Think of it as manufacturing one in your home, rather than printing it.

And I guess my 20 years assessment is pretty far off now that Staples is actually carrying a consumer version. I don't think there's one out there capable of giving us a finished or even close to finished figure without a lot of paint and cleanup but we'll get there one day.


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 Post subject: Re: 3D printers
PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2013 10:39 am 
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j1h15233 wrote:
Think of it as manufacturing one in your home, rather than printing it.

And I guess my 20 years assessment is pretty far off now that Staples is actually carrying a consumer version. I don't think there's one out there capable of giving us a finished or even close to finished figure without a lot of paint and cleanup but we'll get there one day.


I understand it's not so much a printer, that it's more of a tooling machine...I just can't imagine something like that in my home.

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