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Good luck with that, viagra does not make you horny.
That's not what she said.
exploring the possibility for new types of interactivity
You mean candy crushing?
I've seen many middle-school kids lugging around backpacks that weigh almost as much as they do. Is that really necessary?
Yes, it is. It's called exercise. And after completely destroying physical education, to protect fat kids from being heckled, it's the last bit of exercise kids get nowadays.
So go on ahead, take this away, too.
no way. i'd put it in the ps2/original xbox league, with a useless gimmick controller. and probably even that's a stretch.
At some point, there are just limitations. For example how much plastic you can melt through the hotend.
With speed you also face the biggest evil of 3d printing right in the face: acceleration. High acceleration is what makes a good print. More speed, more inertia, crappier prints. In fact skipping steps has not much to do with speed, and a lot more with the lack of acceleration.
But first, let's be realistic: we are extruding plastic at several 0.1mm width. For example a 0.35mm nozzle has to lay down plastic at a minimum of about 0.4mm width to achieve good layer adhesion. So having 4096 steps per rotation on a servo vs 3200 steps on a stepper (200 steps * 16 microsteps) will make zero difference. (Although higher microstepping is also possible at the cost of power output and processing speed.)
Then you add a whole bunch of electronic components, increasing cost and failure points. Brushes in servos wear out, needing replacement. And I'm sorry, but some cheapo small servos from RC cars will not be a replacement for the beefy steppers used in even the cheapest 3d printers. BTW, servos are a major point of fail in RC car, and a decent servo costs several times that of a nice stepper.
Let's also think about what happens if there's a mechanical failure that would trigger a step being lost, for example a stuck bearing. A stepper would simply stop working. A servo would not stop until the encoder wheel reaches its position, so without some added safety system the servo would just commit suicide, burning itself down or chewing up its gears.
Having said all this, my current reprap printer has yet to skip a step after several hundreds of hours of print time. So looking for a solution to a problem that doesn't exist?
it's trying to control all those freaking balloons
now that wasn't too hard to predict, was it?