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so this looks like it's going to happen on a wider scale in the next 5-10 years, that's gonna be a laugh eh?
3D printers are the devil's work
either solve a lot of the worlds problems, or royally fuck us up in a sorta mad max way
That might help its PR
Rather than having to go and buy stuff, you can just get it for free?
Rather than going out to buy a car, just print one off at home?
it would appear so yes
well you'd have to pay for the materials and energy.
change the toner
which seems to say you can get a hold of one of these printers for around £1000!
And surely 3D printers, at the moment, only print plastic?
they have and do.
that they're printing out at the minute, but apparently you can still purchase all of the other components legally, and without background checks, online.
also NASA appear to now be 3d printing rocket parts made of metal - http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/140084-nasa-3d-prints-rocket-parts-with-steel-not-plastic
Like... There was no metal there, until bits of metal came out of a printer and built into that shape?
It's not molten metal being cast? Or a block of metal being machined? This really is witchcraft. It will never be understood.
but a cursory google seems to show that it's definitely happening elsewhere
i guess it'd be possible if the metal was in liquid form, then fed into the printer and cast into whatever shape it wanted?
It's just die-casting. Been around for years, NASA.
of what NASA are up to here btw
3d-printing is used in industry as a far quicker and cheaper alternative to die-casting/injection moulding etc
i imagine it uses a powdered metal or something
There is no possible way it can work, other than by witchcraft.
For not understanding such a simple concept (like steam engines and electricity and that)
bar things like cones.
I'd like to walk around shooting 3D printed objects from a 3D printing gun. BANG! would be the noise it would make.