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Comment: No. (Score 1) 143

by Guano_Jim (#46687315) Attached to: A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

I think 3D printing as we know it today is likely to remain in the realm of the hobbyist for the foreseeable future. BUT... at $300 a pop this new printer's going to open up the process to a lot more hobbyists who might be scared off by a MakerBot's monster price tag.

A printer like the M3D would be put at a price point where it wouldn't be unusual to find one at an elementary school. I could see this becoming a great educational tool.

Comment: The Cake: Not A Lie (Score 4, Informative) 81

by Guano_Jim (#44972451) Attached to: Tesco: 3D Printing Will Come To Supermarkets 'Within a Few Years'

I could see cake decorations being printed on-demand in your local supermarket. Dad likes Game of Thrones? Print him a cyvasse set and put it on his birthday cake.

3d printing with sugar is well on its way to becoming a mature technology already, so yeah, a few years and I wouldn't be surprised to see it at the bakery.

+ - Seej: An Open Source 3d Printed Tower Defense Game->

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An anonymous reader writes "From the dust, smoke, filaments, and bots at World Maker Faire in New York last weekend emerged Seej, an Open Source 3D printed Tower Defense game.

Players print their own Seej engines and fortifications and try to knock over their opponents flags by flinging pennies at each other. A community of designers, engineers, makers, and artists adds new and improved models to the The Forge, resulting in a constant evolution of gameplay."

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Comment: Neat stuff! Do not want. (Score 4, Interesting) 109

by Guano_Jim (#44784451) Attached to: Elon Musk Shows His Vision of Holographic Design Technology

This video is some great gee-whiz showmanship, which gets Joe Sixpack excited about technology and maybe sells a few more Tesla cars a couple years down the road.

But man, I'd hate to try and design anything by holding my hands in the air for six or seven hours a day.

Might be cool for next-generation Kinect-style gaming though.

Comment: These Aren't The Droids You're Looking For. (Score 1) 33

by Guano_Jim (#44170559) Attached to: Sarah Thee Campagna Makes Robot Sculptures (Video)

I was kind of hoping for an artist that uses robots to creat traditional sculptures, maybe some combination of CNC and sensor data and 3D printing. That would have been a coolburger drenched in awesomesauce.

These are great little sculptures made from high-tech yard waste, but they're not really robots in any meaningful sense of the term.

Comment: Standard Driver for 3D printers (Score 4, Interesting) 505

by Guano_Jim (#44116825) Attached to: Hands-On With Windows 8.1 Preview

That's pretty cool. One of the things that needs to happen for 3D printing to become commonplace is to take it out of the realm of specialized software and just make it a mundane action one does with a computer.

Click, print. Heads up Apple, Microsoft is preparing to drink your milkshake on this one.

Comment: Re:Patents? (Score 2) 65

by Guano_Jim (#44054891) Attached to: MakerBot Merging With Stratasys

I think that FDM printing is going to go the way of the dodo pretty fast. It's slow, imprecise, and prone to messy failures. I say this as someone who owns a Replicator1 and a Printrbot Simple, both FDM printers.

I think it's more likely that this purchase is going to let MakerBot start competing in, and eventually dominate the hobbyist/prosumer stereolithography space, currently being owned by the resin-based FormLabs Form1 printer, with the b9Creator and mUVe1 hot on its heels.

That is, provided Stratasys shares some of its stereolithography knowledge with MakerBot. Enclosing the build space is rearranging deck chairs on a T. Rex while the mammals are evolving thumbs.

Comment: We can't do everything, we should do nothing. (Score 1) 97

by Guano_Jim (#43907643) Attached to: Dreambox: the World's First 3D Printing Vending Machine

I think this is great. Sure, the 2013 Dreambox is only going to print you a piece of plastic crap. But they've got to start somewhere, and they're first in the space. That counts for something, haters opinions notwithstanding.

At the rate we're going, the 2017 Dreambox will be able to print you a functional circuit board to go with your plastic, and that's when things get really, really interesting.

But for now, yeah, plastic crap. Stay tuned.

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