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07-31-2012 02:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question 3d printing technology

I apologize for the trolling title. The sky isn’t falling-not exactly. I just read an article that I have to share-more on that later. Ink jet technology is pretty much old hat now and CNC machines are being made in home basements. Still, I’m amazed at how rapidly 3D printing is developing. A few years ago a friend sent me info on RepRaps. I filed the idea away as a cool hobby. Now I find out that 3D printing isn’t just for plastics anymore. Doctors are printing bones and fitting them in patients. This guy is working on printing donor organs. If I hadn’t bought my kids all those pop-up books I’d still be scratching my head at how these guys are making mini flying robots. It’s clear 3D printing has gone way beyond being a cool hobby. I don’t think we can beat China in the Walmart ‘cheapest supplier’ game. This technology might be a whole new game.

This is the article that’s got me all ’Joe Lyddon’ on everybody. When anyone can print an M-16 in their bedroom, gun laws (and the gun lobby) will be meaningless. Technology is putting us in a new game here too. It might be time to look at problems in new ways.

-Jack


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#1 posted 07-31-2012 02:59 AM

I have seen the machines that make artifical limbs it’s sort of printing. Have no seen the organ types.

-- Tom D

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#2 posted 07-31-2012 03:15 PM

The scary thing is that the guns they print in 4 or 5 years may be made well enough not to jam!

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#3 posted 07-31-2012 04:24 PM

Pretty dang interesting, Jack. You sent me on an hour long wild goose chase while reading about. I’ve heard about it and rapid prototyping also but just haven’t had time to look into it. Thanks.

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