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EsnRedshirt
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Got the Thing-O-Matic from http://www.makerbot.com

It actually "prints" by extruding melted ABS plastic (the same material they make Lego bricks from) and builds up an object one layer at a time. It's got a high enough resolution to print pretty small parts, like gears, and while the build area is only a 4" cube, you can design larger objects to be modular and piece together.

I'm excited- this really opens up a ton of possibilities; anything you can imagine, you can make.
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Cool! I'm going to the Bay Area Maker Faire tomorrow and am looking forward to seeing one in action--can't wait to see what you come up with!
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The first one I ever saw was at the SnowMasters facility in Alabama. Pretty neat machine.
Things are more like they are today than they've ever been before...
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Neato! What do you have in mind to make?
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Those are way cool... a lot of the loudspeaker companies I use to REP had very large ones to make proto types with. This was 20 years ago and the cost was around a million bucks.

Have fun with it!!!
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I think that is the greatest magic trick on could ever do in a show. Now that is real magic!

You could make billiard balls with gimmicks, large coins, thimbles.
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Yes, I want to see what you come up with, too. Looks like a fun toy, er.. tool! Smile
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You could make action figures of ALL OF US!
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Well, I've still got to wait four weeks for delivery- which gives me time to clear up some space, and learn the software. I may learn blender, but I've still got 3DS MAX laying around somewhere to fall back on. I knew you guys would have some great ideas, too, which is why I mentioned it here. Heck, I may even do prototyping for interested people (though the Thing-O-Matic is designed to be capable of small production runs, too.)
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On 2011-05-20 20:01, jazzy snazzy wrote:
You could make action figures of ALL OF US!


Ding, ding, ding... we have a winner!!!
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The Web site was a little vague... does it come with its own modeling software, or you you use a 3D program first and then use the included software to convert the format?
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Need your own modeling software, but nearly any program will work- Google Sketchup, Blender, 3DS Max, Rhino, etc. There's open source/free modeling programs out there. You can also use an iPhone or web cam and some open source software to make 3D scans of objects.

Plus there's free objects out there already formatted for printing, but most people would want to customize their prints.
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Cool. Thanks.

Can't wait to see what you come up with...
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Resurrecting this one, since I finally got the thing. Took me about two weeks to put it together, and I finished just before I left for the 4th of July weekend, so I've only had a short amount of time to play with it. Still calibrating the various settings, but it's capable of quite a lot of stuff. Here's a link to my FB album with some pictures of some of my first few prints:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=......95a0709a

Although I didn't actually design those objects myself, once I get some more spare time I've got a short list of stuff to do so I really learn the system. Included on that list is some new PVC connectors that aren't available in stores- 45 degree corners, for example- which could really take some of those PVC Illusions to the next level!
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On 2011-05-22 15:17, EsnRedshirt wrote:
Need your own modeling software, but nearly any program will work- Google Sketchup, Blender, 3DS Max, Rhino, etc. There's open source/free modeling programs out there. You can also use an iPhone or web cam and some open source software to make 3D scans of objects.

Plus there's free objects out there already formatted for printing, but most people would want to customize their prints.


Poser? DAZ Studio?
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On 2011-05-22 15:17, EsnRedshirt wrote:
Need your own modeling software, but nearly any program will work- Google Sketchup, Blender, 3DS Max, Rhino, etc. There's open source/free modeling programs out there. You can also use an iPhone or web cam and some open source software to make 3D scans of objects.

Plus there's free objects out there already formatted for printing, but most people would want to customize their prints.

Actually, I've exported two different figures from Poser into Blender, then exported them as .stl files to test how well the printer would handle them. Those figures are rather poly-heavy and need some work (especially the Victoria 4-based figures from Daz Studio) to make them printable, but they do print fairly well once you weld redundant vertices and reduce the poly count a bit.
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So when do I order my Great Nippulini action figure (needs to come with anvil and little chains).
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Heh, give me a chance to work on some articulation... otherwise you'll just be getting a figurine.

On another note, one of the things the printer can do pretty well is manufacture gears and mechanisms of all sorts, which are durable and lightweight. (One guy's even designed and printed a mini-lathe with it.) At first I thought it wouldn't be much help with illusions- now I'm realizing I'm able to make the special mechanical components some of them require fairly cheaply and easily. Hmm, I could do automatons... Smile
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How smooth can the 'prints' come out? The prints in the photos have surfaces that look like "step pyramids."
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Depends on how much postwork you're willing to do. The extruder nozzle is 0.4mm, and the machine can theoretically go down to 0.2mm layer height. After that, it's up to you how smooth you want to sand it... or in extreme cases, you can spray the print with acetone, slightly melting it and making it very smooth.

If you print raftless, the bottom part, which touches the build platform, can be very smooth indeed.
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