3D Printing takes another big step

Bob Owner/Technician East Longmeadow, Massachusetts Posted   Latest  
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3d Printing continues to evolve. The new technique demonstrated in this video is amazing. I truly believe we will have something resembling a Star Trek replicator within 10 years from now.


Chris Diagnostician
Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Bob, My first introduction to 3D printing was when Jay Leno was showing some of the amazing things that could be done with the early technology. I will have to admit I have yet to experiment with it myself. How do you think this will affect our industry in the coming years? I have my own thoughts but I am curious as to what you and others think?

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Bob Owner/Technician
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts

I expect it will be used extensively for parts at some point. It will be interesting to see how part quality will be impacted. With the speed that things are progressing now, I would bet 3d printing will be in wide use in 10 years. It's going to be crazy. You just put raw material in, select what you want and hit print. I'm not sure how it will impact our industry exactly, but it will impact it

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Brin Diagnostician
Melbourne, Florida

The minds that surround us! Very cool! Thank you for sharing.

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Chris Diagnostician
Lansdale, Pennsylvania

I'll add this here as it's a newer article. Appears that John Deere has been going pretty heavily into 3D printing as well.

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Anthony Technical Support Specialist
Kirkwood, Pennsylvania

Hi Chris: It's interesting that you bring this up. About a week ago, this came in my e-mail. protolabs​.​com/materials/comp… (I've filtered the results for the purposes of this conversation.) If you notice, there's a link on the page for Maximum Part Extents for Machining. Basically, the limits of what you can do size-wise. So, for little stuff, it may make sense, cost being the

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