by mrule, published
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Hay, this just got a mention on DVice! http://dvice.com/archives/2011...
How good is that!
This is a new way to make what I used CNC to do several years ago: http://e-dot.com . I would have been pretty excited back then about desktop 3D printing but the materials, speed and cost still make CNC, metal forming, casting etc. more marketable if you need to crank out hundreds of objects a week. By now I'm so far along with learning more traditional methods and inventing all manner of tweaks that the raw look of 3D printed (or laser cut wood or acrylic) parts doesn't excite my interest. I'd want ridiculous speed, three colors of metal, transparency, rubber, surface imagery in full color, etc.
As a chemist by training I think this is definitely possible but without a billion dollar industry to propel development beyond simple mockups or monocolor mold masters, I don't think true production quality will be available for decades or more. Eventually it will all be made using living cells p
rogrammer to make bone, bioplastics like fingernails, and nice alligator skin etc. That sort of exotic materials variation would be a game changer. But it's a century or two off.
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These are the thingiverse parts used. Please see the individual things for the .stl files.
11 Ã— the pentagon from thingiverse.com/thing:5961
1 Ã— thingiverse.com/thing:6117
20 Ã— thingiverse.com/thing:6055
1 Ã— thingiverse.com/thing:6149
note on hinge clearance : The hinges can sometimes be a little tight. Make sure the first layer isn't pressed too far into the build platform. A compressed first layer will propagate up and make part of the hinge wider, decreasing the clearance. These parts are designed to fit tightly and may require pliers to assemble. If all else fails, removing some of the pins on the hinges can make assembly easier.
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