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Old 11-09-2013, 12:49 AM   #1
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Making an Airstream Part on the Road with a 3D Printer?

Recently attended a 3D printer demonstration. I can't even begin to explain the technology, but the price of such a unit is not as exorbitant as I thought (2-5k.) Some of the computer geeks there had even built their own for a few hundred dollars!

One of the demonstrators takes his 3D printer onboard his sailboat and has used it to duplicate/replace a broken part while at sea! I immediately thought of a similar advantage while on the road.

Future shock?
Nope.
The reality is already here.
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Old 11-09-2013, 01:20 AM   #2
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Hi, Jay Leno's Garage has one and they make all kinds of parts for cars that are no longer available. [it makes plastic parts that can be used for mold making or patterns for metal machining]
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Yup.. Real "Buck Rogers" stuff now!!!
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There is a consortium in the EU that is pushing the envelope to build aircraft parts using the technology. But their printers are a tad more expensive... roughly $1 million each. But as it progresses I am sure the price will come down. The future is upon us...

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I saw this in April and bookmarked it. It appears it also prints stainless steel?

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f44/...ts-103172.html
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To see a world in a grain of sand...

William Blake's augury is indeed unfoldiing....

Markus Kayser - Solar Sinter Project - YouTube
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