Do you think we will ever be able to 3D print metal?

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  1. Stiv Bators

    Stiv Bators Well-Known Member

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    Most of that shit is done in plastic now.

    Printing object's in metal/steel is a whole new deal though.
     
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    If this ever comes to fruition. Please note that this idea is property of dawgshed and all of its members.
     
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    Already been tested!


    #3DPMetal – Metal Printing Experiments with Solder #3DThursday #3DPrinting

    November 7, 2013 AT 8:00 am
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    There are a number of interesting experiments in 3D printing metal over at Lulzbot and RepRap:

    A few things to keep in mind:

    • Ventilation is important whenever you’re working with solder, and printing uses a lot of it
    • Solder has a tendency to clog, similar to PLA but a lot more quickly
    The solder tends to have a hard time with smaller diameter nozzles, but flows freely through a 1mm nozzle at 235C. It doesn’t stick to painters tape well enough to print intricate shapes, but basic ones are fine. I’m going to try printing on a raft of ABS and a sheet of copper to try for a metal octopus. Then the turbine fans



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    I've clearly been welding and drinking quite a bit this morning.
     
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    I understand every word of this post.
     
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    Metals?..yes.

    Materials "beyond" metals.....yes...most likely...that is where the tech is aimed and headed.
    ..and there are many that would say that it's already old news...and I lean towards agreeing.
     
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    Shut up.
     
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    Do already. I worked a trade show that had CNC machines that also added metal if need be.
     
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    ...and such is the such.



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    Guess I'm way behind the times. Would not be the first time.

    Still pretty cool to learn though, thanks man.
     
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    Not something you would have at home. These were as big as your bathroom.
     
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    We already 3d print metal.

    Depuy-spine uses the technology to manufacture knee replacement components out of titanium and stainless steel.

    Shit.... We've been doing that for almost a decade. During the testing phase of their buildout in 2010 we printed a big metal dildo trophy as a gag for our superintendent. Little did we know that the machine retained the construction files in case anyone ever wanted to reproduce the part or if the fda wanted to investigate how a certain part was made...

    The construction file is still there (lol) because they'd fall out of compliance with 21cfr11 electronic records and data integrity guidance if they deleted it and didn't provide a justification.

    I still have the trophy (we never gave it to him)
     
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    I believe they have been printing metal parts for a while now for the newest jets-- commercial and military.
     
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    Don't get too excited about 3D printing becoming the Star-Trek replicator of the future - that is never going to happen.

    They are a cool tech that will take a niche spot in the manufacturing world, just like CNC machining, casting, forming, molding, etc. They are not a catch-all.
     
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    GE building jet engines...

     
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    I'm going to be printing in wood next week. :dance:
     
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    See? That's what I wonder about. Why do you say that "replicator" tech won't happen? Twenty years ago, we wouldn't have imagined 3D printing, so who knows? I'm not a tech or mechanical guy, so I don't know shit. Just thinking out loud.
     
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    Nothing is beyond the realm of what we can do with these wacky fucks always coming up with awesome stuff. I would give everything to go to sleep right now and wake up in the year 101010. Either it will be the most amazing thing ever or I will have slept through the apocalypse. Either way its cool.
     
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    after we are dead they will be able to take trash and break it down into particles...capture the energy released to power everything else...and then re-arrange it into whatever you want.

    This also gives them the ability to destroy the planet so there's that....

    The manual labor pool keeps growing while the need for it will be plummeting.