3D printers are technology
When does /g/ think 3D printers will become more affordable and mainstream? Or will they progress the way of the 3D TV and die out as fast as they came up?
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>Or will they progress the way of the 3D TV and die out as fast as they came up?
It's only recently that it's been getting media attention but the reprap project has been around since 2005. As long as there's a dedicated maker community, there will always be 3D printers.
>using mugs made from plastic
enjoy your chemical colorants
i recently got into printing with a prusa i3v, shits cash. it's a hobby in and of itself; I've spent pretty much all of my free time after work working on it. 3d printers are a lot of work and can be very frustrating but are super fun and rewarding.
If you make one yourself, you can be sure that it'll keep its value as long as you use quality parts.
Shit companies have been shafting the maker community and started patenting the technologies left and right. It'll be years before those patents run out so it's probably a safe move to buy a consumer model if you don't like tinkering.
lots of calibration objects
trinkets, random doodads
I make my own designs too but I spend so much time working on the printer I don't always have time to complete them
I'm not saying they aren't widely used and very useful. It's known that NASA uses 3D printers and airplane manufacturers use them for parts too. I'm saying the general consumer stage 3D printing is more of a fad because they never really took off.
That's the view from the outside. Or at least what you see. The 3d printing community is fucking great and extremely helpful. The guy who sold me my kit from Makerfarm will answer your questions on google chat extremely quickly. There's a ton of open source parts and designs, as well as tons of community guides. Anyone who thinks it's a solution for everything clearly hasn't printed a thing in their life. It's not easy to get good prints.
until someone 3-d prints an actual appliance, and not plastic toys, 3-d printers will stay as background noise.
basically, once you can 3d print metals, its all ogre.
>mfw the day someone is able to 3d print a big ticket appliance and manufacturers lose their goddamned minds.
>3d print metals
it exists already, there's a couple methods, one called direct metal laser sintering, another is selective laser melting. last time a checked, a machine that does it will cost you around half a million.
>will they progress the way of the 3D TV and die out as fast as they came up?
no way. 3d printers actually provide a service that isn't able to be done by anyother device. a 3d tv, is just--fucking stupid.
so in 15 years the machine will cost a few thousand, the process will have been refined, allowing someone to print an oven.
insert a raspberry pi (or whatever the equivilent is 15 years from now) for temp controls.
These can be printed with traditional printers. Prints can print "actual appliances" too.
>PLA/PHA + fine bronze powder
It will eventually get to the point where you can print things on an atomic scale. As with many things technology-evolution wise, if we don't change the way our society currently works then the government will have a hemorrhage over that.
3D printing is cool and all, but the applications are pretty limited. What am I going to do with the ability to make small plastic objects? I mean if I was into controller mods or making cases for small electronics, sure. But I don't do either of those things.
>thinks current technological limitations will persist as-is for the next 50 years.
>yeah im going to buy 1000 dollars worth of paper and ink, then spend an entire day configuring a $15,000 printer, when i can just use a chemical bath to produce a photo for a few bucks.
There's some pretty cool shit I wouldn't have thought but none of it really essential; mostly just shit that would clutter my room after I printed it because I have no real need for it. Tools and such are definitely useful though.
Lel the engineering club at my school built one of these fucking things.
I couldn't go to the meetings because they were held during the time I had physics class. Shit sucks.
not him but what are they going to do to stop it?
outlaw printing out printers?
good luck, everyone has been using TPB this whole time to illegally download files, I don't see why they couldn't do the same for printer blueprints.
>built an Airwolf
Those things cost like $2000 man.
My school has a dual head extruder Airwolf.
I don't know what they're getting all these 3D printers for but in any case we can print a lot of shit really fast.
You can't really print an appliance, namely because you can't print circuitboards in a sane manner.
There are a lot of ways to print on a circuitboard, but if there was a way to make a PCB that wasn't extremely fucking toxic, people would be doing it by now.
unless you're prototyping, you don't need one for home use
the amount of things you're going to print is going to be small, so just go to one of the 3d print shops that will crop up
that is, if those shops can stay is business from the near zero usage
it probably needs to be auxiliary to another similar business, like someone that does aluminum anodizing
So you are asking if it's a fad and then stating it's a fad. Plus you specifically used the example of 3D TVs, one would think you're an idiot cause it sounds like you are trying to draw a correlation between the two cause 3D.
3D TVs were a fad because they required you to wear glasses to view them and to do so within a certain distance. I work for a manufacturer of video products and always told this to clients when they asked if we would support 3D. The day those two things weren't required would be the day we supported it. Until then, we saw the forest for the trees, and knew it was a fad. You kind of have to have a decent idea of where tech is going in your industry since you're going to spend a lot of R&D on it.
And no, for what it's worth 3D printing isn't a fad, and it won't go away. Nor will it ever be mainstream. People want their coffee makers to be even simpler, they won't go out of their way to make trinkets for themselves when they could order one someone else made.
They will get more affordable, and hopefully more powerful. I look forward to the day when I could drop a couple thousand and be able to buy a 3D printer that is basically a CNC to let me make small parts out of metals.
metal doesn't melt at 200 degrees
Here's the thing:
Once in-home printing of custom 2 layer PCBs is possible (without resorting to messy acid baths, and tons of copper waste), we'll have the ability to make INSANE things at home.
you got me
but bronze and stainless steel don't melt at 200 degrees
that filament is still plastic
But you can already make an oven without 3d printing. It's literally a metal box with heat from gas or electricity.
Microwaves need a magnetron.
ACs and refrigerators need compressors.
The ability to print PCBs easily would be fantastic, but for electronics/robotics; not necessarily for appliances.
>get famous men to scan their dick
>print out dildos
>sell to feminists
>6 trillion shekels in profit
Dating is ever decreasing, as the marxist disease sweeps the nation. Feminism is increasing as a defense mechanism, because they don't want to admit to not being able to find a husband and would rather rationalize that they "dont need no man". This creates a feed-back loop, as the number of feminists increase, the value of women decreases, and thus the amount of men getting married decreases, resulting in the increased consumption of dildos and romance novels.
The collapse of civilization is the perfect time to start a dildo company.
A lot of guesswork and expanding this part where the reflection wouldn't be.
>Print Waifu mold
>fill with your choice of silicone. Don't forget some kind of skeleton structure inside so It can move
>let it settle for a day until it's ready to be removed from 3d printed mold
3D printers are still incredibly prevalent, I don't imagine them dying out soon, I use them all the time for practical robotics used and the revolutionary idea of printing metals will be important once it becomes fool proof
>When does /g/ think 3D printers will become more affordable and mainstream?
If you are not a total oxygen thief you can easily build one under 400. The reason 3d-printers are not so mainstream yet is because they need some skill to maintain and operate. Also modelling the parts can be a huge boulder for some people and the the print quality isn't that great always. I see that in the near future we will have 3d-printing shops popping up in the malls providing spare parts service for customers. In 20 years we will see sintering shops making spare parts and other products.
I hope that people will one day change the name, when the technology is advanced enough to call it something like 'an integrator' or similar. '3D printer' is a shitty name if it becomes an everyday appliance.
or 3D-ing a factory for producing 3D printers?
bought a da vinci 1.0 for $400, so far i like it
been printing out little figures, small movie props.
printed a Noisy Cricket gun from Men in Black ,looks pretty darn good
overall its still a fairly technical process, calibration is a pain, understanding the properties of the material your printing in and if you don't know how to use cad your stuck printing other peoples designs for the most part
personal computers will become popular once the average idiot figures out how to write software
or wait, maybe they can use software written by others / 3d models designed by others