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3D Printers

Who else thinks that 3D printers are the coolest invention of the 21st Century? What's the first thing you'd print if you had free access to one? Know any cool articles/videos about things made with 3D printers?

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I think they are awesome. I would probably attempt to print money with one, just because I am broke. Haha jkjk.

 

In reality, it would be cool to try to print a model of my dragon self. I am a vain creature and it would make me happy I think.

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10/10 would make more jewelry for my hoard. I can just never seem to get enough! It would be so cool to be able to make any kind of jewelry I want and as much as I wanted just from printing it out. Wish I had a 3-D but they're so expensive...

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I can't really think of anything that I would want to print for myself. Maybe some jewellery? Figurines?

 

I'm more excited about the medical applications of the technology. We are now able to print functional human organs. Reliance on people willing to be donors, and complications such as donor rejection could be a thing of the past if the technology continues to improve. It makes you wonder what could be next. Could entire limbs be printed for amputees? I hope I'm around long enough to find out!

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I think the coolest story I've heard is about how a medical team 3D printed a new sternum and bits of ribs for a man who had cancer. It was made to fit perfectly in his chest and is way better than what they used to use. Plus, 3D printing metal? Extremely awesome. @Silver Winter you could totally print an entire hoard of jewelry :3

Here's the link to the article, doesn't go into graphic detail, which is nice. I haven't watched the attached videos, so I'm not sure what their content is like. @St Claire I love the idea of being able to print organs that wouldn't be rejected. Do you know of any articles about that? I'd love to read more.

 

If I had a 3D printer, I'd probably print a little skull or an animal statue. Or maybe a tiny me o^o

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We actually have free access to a 3D printer here because of the program we're in at the university we go to! We haven't decided what we want to print out on it, but we're thinking of modelling/digitally sculpting a Skarmory for our brother (who's favorite Pokemon is Skarmory) with a squishy malleable material so he can have a Skarmory friend to play with! There's not that much Skarmory merchandise for him to choose from compared to other Pokemon he likes, so it would fix that.

 

- Quilava

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@St Claire I love the idea of being able to print organs that wouldn't be rejected. Do you know of any articles about that? I'd love to read more.

 

Haha, sorry I can't link to any articles. I got my info from a show called Catalyst (a sort of scientific journalism show where they report on recent findings, talk to researchers about them, etc.). They mentioned using a person's stem cells to print organs that completely match their dna, drastically reducing the risk of rejection. I don't know if this is something they can currently do, or something that still needs more research, but it's exciting to think about regardless.

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I briefly had access to one, and I printed some plastic keys.

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One of our not-important but favorite application for 3D printers has been around for a few years now: puzzle making! We love twisty puzzles (things like Rubik's cube and such) and have a medium-sized collection of them. A lot of puzzle makers are not 3D printing their puzzle pieces to assemble instead of having to wait for their puzzles to be either made by hand out of plastic molds and things like that that were home-made or to be mass-produced by a major puzzle/toy company of some kind.

 

One puzzle maker was able to make a twisty puzzle cube that's 17x17x17! It's called the "Over the Top" puzzle and it would not have been possible without 3D printing.

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3D printed bone and organ matter interests us greatly. It gives us hope for the future of medical technology.

 

On the less mortal and more fun side of things, I've heard wind (hah) of the concept of 3D printers that are capable of printing food items, given that they have the right materials fed into them. That is honestly the greatest thing I've ever heard.

 

- JETSTREAM SAM

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I used the one at my school to make a spinner ring (and refuse to let anyone touch it *laughs awkwardly*)

 

~Kyle

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If I had a 3D printer, the first thing I would make would be a bulbasaur planter. I've wanted one for so long!

My senior year of high school, my art teacher showed me an actual wearable dress made with one, and I thought that was something special. I've also seen that they are able to 3D print actual homes!

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I pretty do have free access to them only because I'm on my schools robotics team. it's a fairly small printer but we use it to make robot parts that we don't have and we don't have time to order or we can't find online. We use a program called Vectorworks and its a highly annoying program. I don't have the patience for it but I am slowly learning. I love our little 3D printer.

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I love 3D printing, i wouldnt call it the coolest invention of the 21st century, the stuff tesla motors and solar city are doing are pretty awesome. I do have access to a 3D printers like other being in a engineering major, we print projects with them from time to time but if I had one for personal use, i would make my own models (gundams, figurines, etc) and also I could print my transmutation circles and alchemy symbols on them and have physical symbols to do rtituals with, I could also find endless things to print being an engineer so the possibilities are endless for me really, just need a few thousand dollars and ill be on me way...he...he..heheh....

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OMG!!! I built one when I was 16 years old!!! I 3d print stuff 24/7 up until I ran into software trouble with 3D printing. My ramps 1.4 motherboard isn't cooperating with my windows 10 computer. Unfortunately my Linux Chromebook computer broke and I can't use it along with my 3D printer. Luckily my friend has a Makerbot Replicator 2 and I can use that for now. Anyways this is like my favorite topic so far here!!!

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