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Old 02-01-2012, 12:34 PM
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Default Download & Print your own Wide Arches?!?

It could happen.

Imagine someone scans the wheel arches for your car and creates a 3D rendering of it. Then he or she modifies the 3D file to make them wider. You download a copy of the file. Not exactly what you want? You can tweak it on your computer. When you finish you print the files on your home 3D printer. In a few hours you have your very own set of custom arches ready for paint and installation. You just downloaded a physical object.

ORLY? Check it out.
http://mashable.com/2012/01/31/youll...ds-like-these/
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Old 02-01-2012, 01:54 PM
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So glad I have my own 3D printer sitting behind me and I drawn and print what I want

Not yet printed anything for the car, I brought it for my business but will one day make stuff for myself
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This technology has been around in the manufacturing industry. but it's very expensive (six digits for the whole party)

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most new CNC's of this size have the option to dual purpose as a CMM.
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mine in the corner of the office

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Part roughly printed
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Print about 250mm sq and its not too slow either, best is I have used it to make 2 half moulds for foam injection and even two half moulds for pressing shapes into sheet metal! good tool
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They used a similar method, albeit CNCing rather than 3d printing to make the bully wide arches on the bully R56.
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This technology has been around in the manufacturing industry. but it's very expensive (six digits for the whole party)

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most new CNC's of this size have the option to dual purpose as a CMM.
It's not a CNC like that. It uses powder or liquid that is cured layer by layer to create a solid object. It can even output functional moving parts. They can be had for around $15k for smaller printers. But the point of the story is that the technology is becoming cheaper and could end up in homes in the next 10 years for the do-it-yourself hobbyist.
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You can get them even cheaper than that. We got one at work for around $10k, and if you feel like being DIY, you can even make one yourself for way cheaper than that. (i.e. RepRap, etc.) They are definitely going to become much more common.
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We work closely with an awesome 3D printing company, and they made us these awesome pistons for Christmas to show their support.

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Looks like some SLA pistons.

I'd give it probably 5 - 10 years before they start appearing in the home, they are still a little too industrial and slow for the average home user, also 3D CAD can be expensive and for some can be tricky to learn. Downloading parts shouldn't be to far away though
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It's not a CNC like that. It uses powder or liquid that is cured layer by layer to create a solid object. It can even output functional moving parts. They can be had for around $15k for smaller printers. But the point of the story is that the technology is becoming cheaper and could end up in homes in the next 10 years for the do-it-yourself hobbyist.
i know OP was talking about rapid prototyping machines (i've used a few different styles in class )

i was saying though that to make something the size of wheel arches with a "printer" you would still need a machine that could scan and print (whether that was to rapid prototype or machine) your piece. which is costly.

in before people start sending their penis' via rapid prototyping
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CNC'd molds for MINI cooper R56 arches

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^ That is so awesome.

Did it cost a ton to get done?
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I'm sure it was 5 digits unless they own those machines themselves in which case it's just materials.
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You can buy your own 3D scanner for $3k. (we have one at work)
http://www.nextengine.com/

Not too shabby for the price. Even Jay Leno uses one
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wow, i'm amazed it was able to scan that statue.
do want
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