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How do we get 3D printing going in Canberra?

By johnboy - 13 January 2012 29

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For some time now pretty much everyone who’s actually smart has been talking about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing.

It feels like it’s at the same stage the internet was in the early 90s.

So we’re about to enter the phase where vast sums will be bet and lost, and made again. All the while old industries will be torn apart and consigned to the dustbin of history.

Now the whole point of 3D printing is you can make things yourself without having to have them shipped from a factory in China.

So the money’s going to be in making the printers.

So I’m interested in what readers think can be done to get Canberra in on a piece of this pie, or if we should even bother?

[Photo by Zeusandhera CC BY 2.0]

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How do we get 3D printing going in Canberra?
Erg0 3:08 pm 13 Jan 12

Is anyone else concerned that we’re in the process of giving our eventual machine overlords the means to infinitely reproduce?

Baldy 3:01 pm 13 Jan 12

Hmm a memory has surfaced of reading an article in New Scientist last year about 3D printing and how they are begining to use it to make palnes and cars that aren’t restricted to the old welded metal problems. They were talking about printing into a vat of metal powder and dusting it off afterwards. aybe then i should have looked more into it.

Found it: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20737-3d-printing-the-worlds-first-printed-plane.html

They also have other articles on 3D printing as well.

1967 2:36 pm 13 Jan 12

Don’t we just need to buy one 3D printer, then use it to print more 3D printers?

Aestabjoo 2:26 pm 13 Jan 12

Ah, fair cop, must be a different artist!

One of the key ideas behind the 3d printers is that you can print off a large proportion of the components so that you can make additional printers. Theoretically once a couple of people have them they won’t be hard to source. You’ll just need the metal beams, printing head, filament, stepper motors, electronics and printing surfaces.

One of the things that people fail to realise with 3d printers, is that you can make prints with moving parts, all within the single print – for example you could make a working monkey wrench, or a toy car.

OpenYourMind 2:25 pm 13 Jan 12

3D printing is awesome. I’ve replaced a broken part in my Roomba robot from a CAD file on Thingiverse.
I think it’s more appropriate to liken 3D printing to the early days of home PCs. I’m old enought to remember that era. People would build a PC in their garage – and by build I mean circuit boards and soldering. Other people would ask what can it do, and your answer would be hmmm, not much, but you just wait.
Botmill is an example of a great cheap printer that is partially made from parts printed by a botmill. Makerbot has just come out with a new bigger print bed 3d printer which prints in two colours of ABS plastic.
An exciting technology indeed.

Baldy 2:01 pm 13 Jan 12

Aestabjoo said :

Myself and two mates built are in the process of building a Longboat Prusa. We built the frame over the Christmas break and will be putting the brains in it tonight. I’m a member of MHV and plan on opening it up to members use on request.

Also, MHV have an additional frame built, it’s just waiting for the smarts. I believe they’ve also got a kit on order. If you’re interested, why not join their mailing list and say g’day to the community?

In regards to the guy at the Portrait Gallery selling jewelery, I think you’ll find that those were laser cut. The pattern’s made using a very complex mathematical algorhythm that formulates natural looking leaf-life constructs. The dude who makes it is a great guy, and quite a genious. “Neat Objects” is the name the guy sells under – http://www.etsy.com/shop/neatobjects?ref=seller_info

I don’t remember any of the necklaces or brooches. I do remember that he had rings that were mostly flower looking and he was explaining the process of 3D printing to me though, so maybe it was someone different.

Using the printer he discribed for anything else other then jewlery didn’t occur to me until i looked at the links other commentors have included above.

Aestabjoo 1:46 pm 13 Jan 12

Myself and two mates built are in the process of building a Longboat Prusa. We built the frame over the Christmas break and will be putting the brains in it tonight. I’m a member of MHV and plan on opening it up to members use on request.

Also, MHV have an additional frame built, it’s just waiting for the smarts. I believe they’ve also got a kit on order. If you’re interested, why not join their mailing list and say g’day to the community?

In regards to the guy at the Portrait Gallery selling jewelery, I think you’ll find that those were laser cut. The pattern’s made using a very complex mathematical algorhythm that formulates natural looking leaf-life constructs. The dude who makes it is a great guy, and quite a genious. “Neat Objects” is the name the guy sells under – http://www.etsy.com/shop/neatobjects?ref=seller_info

johnboy 1:25 pm 13 Jan 12

The thing is there will be a few phases of this.

Like the guys advertising VHS to DVD transfers at the local shops five years there will be a period where the printers are rare and you can make good money making people’s lost chess pieces and the backs of ear rings.

But at some point they will be pretty common.

Then again people still get paid a lot to make websites, something anyone could learn how to do if they were so inclined.

But it seems likely that before too long the only thing that will need manufacturing is 3d printers.

and possibly servo motors…

Baldy 1:12 pm 13 Jan 12

Baldy said :

That is awesome. The inner kid in me can see the toy/sport gear possibilities.

The outer adult in me can see all those little niggly things that i need to buy for the house. Plugs, curtain rings, bottle stops, ect. to many people at the BBQ and not enought knves and folks? No problem, I’ll just print some off. I dare sya that the machine will pay for it self afetr a while just in saving/ time.

Plus very outer geek in me thinks “yay. new toy”.

I was at the Portrait gallery drinks last year when they had a market. There was a guy selling jewllery printed from one of these machines. Just think; ooops, i forgot such and suches birthday, better quickly design and print off a necklace and earings for her.

The possibilities.

/excited geek rant

Baldy 1:10 pm 13 Jan 12

That is awesome. The inner kid in me can see the toy/sport gear possibilities.

The outer adult in me can see all those little niggly things that i need to buy for the house. Plugs, curtain rings, bottle stops, ect. to many people at the BBQ and not enought knves and folks? No problem, I’ll just print some off. I dare sya that the machine will pay for it self afetr a while just in saving/ time.

Plus very outer geek in me thinks “yay. new toy”.

I was at the Portrait gallery drinks last year when they had a market. There was a guy selling jewllery printed from one of these machines. Just think; ooops, i forgot such and suches birthday, better quickly design and print off a necklace and earings for her.

The possibilities.

Tony 12:57 pm 13 Jan 12

Ops, sorry johnboy. I assumed they already had one from their flickr stream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/angusgr/6249406384/in/pool-1459916@N22/

john87_no1 12:41 pm 13 Jan 12
john87_no1 12:39 pm 13 Jan 12

I was reading in The Age that you can buy plastic printers for kids for around $1200. So unless you can make them cheaper than that I wouldn’t see a market for it.

johnboy 12:35 pm 13 Jan 12

MHV are great, but they’re in the “we’ve ordered one printer” stage.

Which is a world away from getting an economy into the game.

Tony 12:33 pm 13 Jan 12

Its already done. Check out the mob at http://www.makehackvoid.com/

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