Introduction to 3D Printers: The Promise and Pitfalls of Desktop Manufacturing

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Home 3D printers are getting more affordable every year. But they still require lots of troubleshooting, practice, and patience. Here’s the state of modern 3…

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  1. 00Mandingo0012 June, 2013 at 12:54 am

    You can get PLA for about $38 a roll. They last a long time though. 

  2. 00Mandingo0012 June, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Hey, I have a replicator 1. Been printing lego for my kid for years. They’re indestructible when printed in PLA and match lego perfectly. We’ve even made a ton of custom pieces. My Rep 1 is still going strong too. I think i’ve had it since it came out.

  3. Zaboshi Tsutomeru8 June, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I am an architect student and I find 3D printers to be useful… But I will not buy one until it gets simple and reliable in making the models. Besides, I enjoy making my models..

  4. MainlandRC4 June, 2013 at 7:36 am

    I’ve been printing in .1mm resolution from day one on my Replicator 2x and haven’t had any of the problems they talk about. The longest time my computer took to slice an object was maybe 10min. Warping is easy to take care of as well. Take some abs scraps and mix it with acetone. The abs dissolves in the acetone and creates a slury. Apply this to the print surface with a small paint brush and say goodbye to warping.

  5. shenal7530 May, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    It would be a shame for you not to build muscle when other normal people do it easily with Morsch Muscle Madness (Google it).

  6. HomeDistiller26 May, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    have you guys tried OpenRC? im building one now, and that, to me, is what 3d printing is about

  7. Aleksandrgrc26 May, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    5 years to mature. He’ll with that. I wanna be balls deep into this by then. Maybe even innovating materials or hardware.

  8. elvischem trailpilot9 May, 2013 at 10:58 am

    this would be really useful if i wasn’t too stupid to use it 🙂

  9. macboerTV5 May, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I’ll give it another 5 years to mature.

  10. Keaton Ferber1 May, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I use axon 3. (slicer)

  11. xXEminemXx461 May, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Can we use Nx 8 ?

  12. mokuri26529 April, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Dat music
    *bananadance*

  13. Peripheral Labs27 April, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I got to see some prints from the form 1 formlabs laser printer. The resolution is no competition with makerbot. However it and the material is more expensive 🙁

  14. Clubtunes25 April, 2013 at 3:52 am

    So did I. I have seen it print in action. Absolutely Awesome. Legos look great and WORK!

  15. jakchit .22 April, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Don’t forget Blender guys

  16. TheMindForest19 April, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Haha, plastic pubes.. That was too funny..

  17. devil843413 April, 2013 at 5:10 am

    i have one burning question how good of a quality lego bricks can affordable 3d printers print?

  18. karandex11 April, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Cheaper and more reliable.

  19. tekgorilla11 April, 2013 at 10:21 am

    In Which ways is it better?

  20. Evan Rochte10 April, 2013 at 7:07 am

    How expensive are the spools of plastic?

  21. pietzeekoe9 April, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I ordered a makibox, still in dev though

  22. searchwarranttube9 April, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Why should they change what they do? Surely it makes more sense for you to not watch them

  23. MegaSuperCritic5 April, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Norm: “… so the MakerBot Replicator 2, it’s an amazing piece of technology, but it-”
    Will: “I wouldn’t buy it”

    Right, get paid to say they WOULDN’T buy the printer….

  24. Joel Laguna4 April, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Can you sell the “plastic pubes”? It would be a shame for them to go to waste.

  25. aaron cheel3 April, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Its on vice.

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