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3D printers are generally so large, that even if you had a daily use for one, it would be an implausible prospect to set up beside your home PC. This could be about to change. A team from the Vienna University of Technology has developed a machine much smaller, lighter and cheaper than a standard 3D printer. The concept draws …
Epson is sill up to that?
Last epson I owned was around 13 or so years ago and did that BS
Worked beautifully the 1st cartridge.
Put a new cartridge in print 2 pages it said out of ink
Had it serviced the serviced (was under warranty) 5 pages later out of ink...
After that it went into the garbage can where epson's belong
This might revolutionize the jewellery business, if they can print in wax or a acceptable plastic alternative for "lost wax" casting in gold or silver. (You need something that can be burned without toxic fumes or any solid residues).
3D graphic designing is a lot easier than sculpting tiny details in wax, and some geometries would be possible that are all but impossible to sculpt from a solid lump.
i play table top stratagy games, and to be honest cant wait for these things to get to a stage where i can print my own models. the flip side to this is that downloading space marines from the piratebay will take off in a huge way, and kill games workshop/mantic/airfix et al.
Don't forget that once the big printer boys have taken all the patents to stop all but HP, Cannon, Epson, etc... building them, the Ink will cost so much that it will still be cheaper to buy any mass produced items, probably by a large margin.
Though nearly all of those high street shops will probably go and you will have to buy everything online.
If the model companies have any sense whatsoever, they'll just make the relevant files available online (for a price). Saves them a cock-load in manufacturing and distribution costs.
Also, in the case of GW etc., if they were really really smart, they'd send stuff out with a suitable application that let's you pose said models on the computer (what's it called where you give movement node points to 3D computer models so you can drag parts to change position? Can't remember). They'd be able to make money off that!
Once they sort out the freetard issue to stop people taking the latest model round to their mates on disc that is.
The process of fixing your model so that it may be posed is called by practitioners, "the Fine Art of Rigging". It is the process whereby you specify the "bones" of the model, thus enabling either posing the model directly, or associating various rules of Physics to allow the model to exhibit realistic behaviour under various conditions.
Given how much of a rip-off GW products have always been, I don't have a right lot of sympathy TBH. When me and my friends used to play WH and WH40K at school, GW ripped the rules apart to dumb the whole thing down for 10-year-olds, whilst simultaneously adding hugely unbalanced new characters which cost a fortune to buy. We stuck with the old rules, mostly stopped buying new models, and branched out into historical gaming instead.
I have wondered if it might not be an idea to make a 3d printer that uses cement (standard construction cement). You dust a thin layer of cement and spray tiny droplets of water where you want the object. You then dust another layer on top, and so on. You then leave to settle overnight and then shake off the excess cement. If you add colour to the water, you can even make coloured items.
Cement is dirt cheap and fine-grained enough to make fine details. Water is also quite cheap, so it is mainly a matter of making something that can control the dusting and the spray finely enough. Inkjet technology seems suitable for spraying, so what is needed is something that can add an even layer of cement on top of what is already there. That doesn't sound too difficult.
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