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    1. shlamimo

      shlamimo Active Member

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      BBC writes today about interesting opportunities (for businesses and individuals alike) offered by affordable 3D printers :

      "In contrast to early 3-D printing machines which cost around £20,000, ... a RepRap machine comes in at just £300. And the software and hardware specifications are all open source - meaning the machine can be duplicated freely. This low barrier to entry has piqued the interest of many entrepreneurs, keen to see how the technology can be effectively deployed."

      More here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11834044

      They give an example of a hook that you can print on a RepRap machine, I guess this is where it ends for now :)

      Exciting, nonetheless.

      Here's a picture of RepRap printer.
      Would you buy one? What would you do with it?

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      http://reprap.org
       
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    3. cwarner7_11

      cwarner7_11 Well-Known Member

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      I have had a look a the RepRap machine, and am definitely interested- the idea being to be able to prototype design ideas that I develop- a lot easier and more believable when demonstrating to others. Also, I have a need to occasionally produce a simple part (usually using my inexpensive mill/lathe setup) for experiments I conduct- although the products of these machines are a bit limited in mechanical characteristics, they are fine for non-loaded parts, or for form/fit evaluations...
      Another machine that is on my "watch list" is the "Personal Portable 3D Printer", available here: http://www.pp3dp.com/
       
    4. Pete

      Pete Well-Known Member

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      That looks like an RP machine i saw a while ago which could replicate itself! You'd buy one, and it could RP the vast majority of the components needed for as many others as you liked :)

      That would be very useful for our company - small and an a very tight budget, so being able to quickly and cost effectively produce a part which can be used to check fit and then possibly used to make a silicone mould to create working prototypes...

      Thanks for the link!
       
    5. Pete

      Pete Well-Known Member

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      Ahh, just read the article - it is the machine that can replicate itself :)
       

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