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    Finally a consumer level 3D printer kickstarter project

    Check this out both the project and money they have raised never mind ready customers to test first batch.
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...ter?ref=banner

    Cant wait for something like this to hit the stores at a consumer price.

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    Interesting. You could design a spindle, candlestick, whatever, print it, and put it on a copying lathe and have your printout in wood.
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    They are right, someone will be producing consumer level printers soon. I am bothered by their "pledge" method of selling this item. Gimmicks are always suspect.
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    It's really really cool but what do you do with it after you've made a few dozen plastic rabbits for the grandkids ??????

    Maybe I have no imagination but what the heck would you use it for ?? You would have to need to make a lot of something to make it pay for itself.
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    Cool stuff. I agree somewhat with the comments questioning what one would make with one of these, but on the other hand, you've gotta start somewhere. ;-)

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    ...I am bothered by their "pledge" method of selling this item. Gimmicks are always suspect.
    Kickstarter funding (the whole "pledge" thing) is being used by a growing number of startup companies, as well as some established outfits. Not really a gimmick anymore. It has become a legit way to get a new product off the ground.
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    Went to a class last night on how to use a 3D scanner/printer. Very interesting. There is no doubt we are only at the very beginning of this technology becoming very popular. The capabilities of the unit we saw is amazing. Detail possible is phenomonal. On the downside, the process is excruciatingly slow. A scan of a small object, like a 4" statuette can be 1 to 2 hours. The actual printing would be 6 to 12 hours. Until the process is sped up greatly, you won't be seeing a lot of these around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    Cant wait for something like this to hit the stores at a consumer price.
    That one is definitely getting there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    I am bothered by their "pledge" method of selling this item. Gimmicks are always suspect.
    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Kickstarter funding (the whole "pledge" thing) is being used by a growing number of startup companies, as well as some established outfits. Not really a gimmick anymore. It has become a legit way to get a new product off the ground.
    I've backed a number of ventures so far from bands making albums, mesh networked micro processor gizmos, and a bluetooth controlled paper airplane. All were completed to complete satisfaction.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    It's really really cool but what do you do with it after you've made a few dozen plastic rabbits for the grandkids ??????
    Maybe I have no imagination but what the heck would you use it for ?? You would have to need to make a lot of something to make it pay for itself.
    There are a lot of things I can think of beyond toy rabbits. You could make small gimbal mounts for camera, custom made enclosures for small electronic projects. Skys the limit really.

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Went to a class last night on how to use a 3D scanner/printer. Very interesting. There is no doubt we are only at the very beginning of this technology becoming very popular. The capabilities of the unit we saw is amazing. Detail possible is phenomonal. On the downside, the process is excruciatingly slow. A scan of a small object, like a 4" statuette can be 1 to 2 hours. The actual printing would be 6 to 12 hours. Until the process is sped up greatly, you won't be seeing a lot of these around.
    Time is an issue, but it's that way even with CNC type machines. Basically get the price down, and just scale up by having more machines.
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    Currently its clearly not a production speed product, but if you are doing product design and prototyping it would be a killer thing to have. For the next few years I'd expect it to be mostly for folks catering to some specialty one-off markets where you can charge accordingly and prototypers who can now skip the turnaround time to have someone else create the part (and much of the expense).

    In the sub $300 range where this is headed I can see a lot of possible users.

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    I almost pledged at $299, but then realized it was over. $350 still isn't that bad for one of these.

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    While Kickstarter has for the most part done fine, there was one newsworthy exception, in lots of peoples minds: Occulus Rift. They received their funding, or almost 10x what they wanted, and then after receiving it and before fulfilling their end, being bought out by Facebook for 2 BILLION dollars.
    They also face possible patent suits, from a company who has taken publiclly contributed idea's, and patenting them.

    I'd like to see something that can print, affordably, in metal. But I don't think I will see that, for at least a decade.

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