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milkmania
10-18-2012, 10:13 AM
Watched and DVR'd a CBS news article on 3D Printing.

so, I started looking around http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmDz7Q9_h6c

what I'm thinking is something like this would help with restoration projects on old boats, or cars, etc.....
Just fabricate the part needed in your garage!

entire dashboard PRINTED! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIbyYrqtMes&feature=relmfu

milkmania
10-18-2012, 10:25 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WoZ2BgPVtA0

Cary K.
10-18-2012, 11:07 AM
3D printed bimini

http://www.wakeworld.com/forum/showthread.php?t=794266&highlight=printing+bimini

Double
10-18-2012, 11:12 AM
I have a 3d printer. They are definately cool, but I don't really know how feasible they would be in a home garage application unless you are very well financed ;)

milkmania
10-18-2012, 12:48 PM
I have a 3d printer. They are definately cool, but I don't really know how feasible they would be in a home garage application unless you are very well financed ;)

on the newscast, some company had them for $2200.00

I'll research the info more;)

edit: http://makerbot.ca/mbstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=83

Double
10-18-2012, 01:02 PM
on the newscast, some company had them for $2200.00

I'll research the info more;)

I would expect that if it is that low that the capacity is small. Engineering labor is the most expensive part for me when talking about creating a design/part/etc. If you already have the dimensions in an engineering design format (cad) then it is very cost effective.

milkmania
10-18-2012, 01:05 PM
I would expect that if it is that low that the capacity is small. Engineering labor is the most expensive part for me when talking about creating a design/part/etc. If you already have the dimensions in an engineering design format (cad) then it is very cost effective.

I've got a buddy that's going to college now...... they engineer stuff for grades.

wonder how much deflection there'd be in 3D printed propeller :confused:
:uglyhamme

Double
10-18-2012, 01:12 PM
I've got a buddy that's going to college now...... they engineer stuff for grades.

wonder how much deflection there'd be in 3D printed propeller :confused:
:uglyhamme

a bunch if you want to keep the same dimensions as current material metal props. A prop would be too high a stress environment at least with the material we are using. But I'm not on the cutting edge of the material science part of 3d printing.

Lars
10-18-2012, 01:26 PM
Used to work for a company that would use one to make prototype horns for concert loudspeakers. From what I remember, the matieral in the prototype was far inferior to that used in the injection molds. Basically they break easily.
The guy who made the bimini must have a printer that is much stronger..?

milkmania
10-18-2012, 01:27 PM
a bunch if you want to keep the same dimensions as current material metal props. A prop would be too high a stress environment at least with the material we are using. But I'm not on the cutting edge of the material science part of 3d printing.

I'm just hearing about 3D Printing..... I know, I've been living under a rock:(

but, just imagine where this technology will lead in in 5 more years
robots building robots:confused:

milkmania
10-18-2012, 01:33 PM
Used to work for a company that would use one to make prototype horns for concert loudspeakers. From what I remember, the matieral in the prototype was far inferior to that used in the injection molds. Basically they break easily.
The guy who made the bimini must have a printer that is much stronger..?

one of the youtube posts was saying they use a 3D printer to make the molds for injection molding

pmkkdx
10-18-2012, 01:52 PM
we have several 3D printers within our company that we use for prototyping and fit checks but the material is not really suitable for structural usage.

A designer that used to work for me, ventured out and purchased a very high end 3D printer ($250k+) that uses a variety of different materials from flexible like rubber up to extremely rigid. He must be doing fairly well after about 2 years in business.

http://solidprototype.com/ check out the prototypes page

ctjahn
10-18-2012, 05:53 PM
He uses it for prototyping stuff for his car collection....

MIskier
10-18-2012, 09:17 PM
My Naval Architecture department has one that the navy financed that was over 200k and is capable of printing many different materials and has very good resolution...but even with a machine like that the work envelope is rather small and the material is expensive.

For a class last spring the project was to design a propeller and then we got to print it. The prop was 14" dia and the material cost was $125.

As of right now they are great machines to give the business types something to see and feel and to test proof of concept but as of right now they have a way to go before you are printing production quality parts at an economical rate.

CruisinGA
10-18-2012, 09:23 PM
Played with several different machines when I was in school (mech eng).

Example of a company who's entire business model is built around the technology - Invisalign.

richieboy
10-20-2012, 11:19 AM
That is very cool. Thanks for sharing.

milkmania
12-27-2012, 06:13 PM
Click, print, shoot: Downloadable guns possible



http://finance.yahoo.com/news/click-print-shoot-downloadable-guns-092031591.html

Traxx822
12-28-2012, 08:52 AM
Click, print, shoot: Downloadable guns possible



http://finance.yahoo.com/news/click-print-shoot-downloadable-guns-092031591.html


I read this on Christmas. Crazy they printed a weapon and it fired 6 times before it broke. Its like the Jetsons. Soon everyone will have one of these 3d printers. No more lost keys. Just print new ones.

MattsCraft
03-25-2018, 09:40 AM
Reviving this old thread vs starting a new one- lol

Long story short - Since they are discontinued & we no longer sell them a "Cube 3" showed up on my door step. They are now pretty cheap to buy, (Under $300) which after using it a few times I see why they went belly up. Print quality is decent @ 70 microns, but the filament cassettes are expensive and I have had a lot of issues with clogged nozzles busted filament, cassette not engaging properly etc. Just in a couple days I have become pretty good at taking them apart, & will probably hack it to use generic spools assuming I still print stuff. Just playing right now.

OK, so fast forward on this thread 7 years... Who has some experience with this stuff?
The software for the Cube is pretty lame - What other options are out there? It appears I can bring in a .stl file & write the required .cube file & it works, but I am a super nubbie on 3D files.

Also, anyone have any cool stuff to print? Mastercraft designs? Lastly, what's the best media, PLA or ABS?

Cheers,

1redTA
03-25-2018, 08:52 PM
I’m currently in school for mech engineering at the University of West Florida and looking forward to use the 3D printer the school has. I believe it is a makerbot, and am thinking about re creating the plastic vents on my 81

pmkkdx
03-26-2018, 08:44 AM
there have been a lot of advancements in technology since this thread was discussed. The printing materials and resolution has drastically improved to where there are now structural materials, thermal materials and multiple materials used during printing to where you can have flexible joints with rigid structure (like a rigid flex circuit card) ... they even have conductive materials where printed circuit cards can be used for prototype. My group works in Creo (formerly Pro-E) and we send .stp files to the lab where the 3D printers are located for them to print our objects.

Wakerider16
03-26-2018, 10:04 AM
In the process of trying to get one of these for my work.

http://www.erectorbot.com/?_vsrefdom=adwords&gclid=Cj0KCQjwtOLVBRCZARIsADPLtJ3a6F1FkqnL-Ky7_ljVCRQ-G8daA5IcyTU3FCfzPDDs3GIP94H7DAAaApZdEALw_wcB

lentiman
03-26-2018, 11:47 AM
I got a $120 3D printer for my 11 year old son a couple years ago for his birthday. Best cheap 3D printer is the Monoprice Select Mini. Super cheap and easy to use. Design software is more difficult. He used TinkerCAD to design a number of things and it's a learning process. One of the best slicers is Cura and is free. The slicer is the piece of software that takes the 3D model and tells the printer how to make it. PET or PETG is a good material to start with. If you want to move to ABS a different printer with an enclosure is best as you have to keep the stuff warm throughout the whole print.

Reviving this old thread vs starting a new one- lol

Long story short - Since they are discontinued & we no longer sell them a "Cube 3" showed up on my door step. They are now pretty cheap to buy, (Under $300) which after using it a few times I see why they went belly up. Print quality is decent @ 70 microns, but the filament cassettes are expensive and I have had a lot of issues with clogged nozzles busted filament, cassette not engaging properly etc. Just in a couple days I have become pretty good at taking them apart, & will probably hack it to use generic spools assuming I still print stuff. Just playing right now.

OK, so fast forward on this thread 7 years... Who has some experience with this stuff?
The software for the Cube is pretty lame - What other options are out there? It appears I can bring in a .stl file & write the required .cube file & it works, but I am a super nubbie on 3D files.

Also, anyone have any cool stuff to print? Mastercraft designs? Lastly, what's the best media, PLA or ABS?

Cheers,

MattsCraft
03-26-2018, 03:03 PM
Thanks - I actually found a great site for a bunch of free stuff - www.pinshape.com

I have Meshmixer & FreeCad - No clue what I am doing with it yet - lol.

The Cube 3 is an OK printer, for free lol - The Filament Cartridges are a pain, I have one that just won't read the chip, but work has a bunch of free ones coming my way, I'll use those up, then hack the Firmware & modify to print from generic filament. PLA seems to be working fine for the trinkets I am printing.

tr6coug
04-07-2018, 03:57 PM
I recreated these speaker grills and 3D printed them in ABS. I'm going to paint them white so they will match the interior of my boat. Made a few extra!! :) An original Aluminum grill is on the top of the stack.

MattsCraft
04-08-2018, 06:58 AM
Very Nice!