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Old 12-06-2012, 11:10 PM   #1
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Exclamation **make your own high quality bmw parts**

This is going to be the 2nd Industrial Revolution it's called 3d printing and it has evolved insanely. Watch an episode of Jay Leno's Garage where he makes pre assembled car parts and even engines out of plastic, which can be substituted for metal. Can you imagine making better quality parts then some of our cheap BMW oem parts haha. In the future, these printers will cost the price of our existing home printers!


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Old 12-06-2012, 11:36 PM   #2
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:23 AM   #3
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first thing I can think of are window regulators...
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:39 AM   #4
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yes this is pretty great. i've been following this stuff for a while now. it's becoming very small and very affordable.
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when i can buy one???
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:28 AM   #8
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It's on sale already. You can also check out maker bot
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It's on sale already. You can also check out maker bot
they probably cost 10g's. Is there a home/desk version.
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they probably cost 10g's. Is there a home/desk version.
Nope, there are numerous companies working hard to put this technology in your home for less than $1,000.
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These have been around for years. The awesomeness about this is if you know CAD (AutoCAD or even better SolidWorks) you can design anything you can think of and print a prototype of it. The drawback is this can only be done in plastic and the printed surface area is not smooth, more like layers. But this is a great way of checking parts before final production!
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These have been around for years. The awesomeness about this is if you know CAD (AutoCAD or even better SolidWorks) you can design anything you can think of and print a prototype of it. The drawback is this can only be done in plastic and the printed surface area is not smooth, more like layers. But this is a great way of checking parts before final production!
We must be in about the same line of business...
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I think the new ones take other material also like metal glass ect. And yes most of the manufacturers have desktop versions. Hey do you guys want to help me print out a tablet and design a hinge? Lol
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Sorry i had to come back and troll you. "When you learn English"
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Thanks for that link of that ipo stock I was looking at the other two companies but the stock price already was up 10x
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the quality of the part is going to depend in large part on the quality of the blueprint your printer is working off of. You're not going to suddenly pull a better part out of your ass because you have a 3D printer at home.
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the quality of the part is going to depend in large part on the quality of the blueprint your printer is working off of. You're not going to suddenly pull a better part out of your ass because you have a 3D printer at home.
Yeah clearly but that scanner looks like it gives you a pretty insane blueprint then you can use higher quality materials in the design. If so someone can design a really nice blueprint and sell it for people to print.

Huge companies will be born where they just sell blueprints. Imagine apple just selling you a blueprint and you print out your iPhone. The technology though will have to improve in the next 10yrs which is pleanty of time.
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Neat technology. Old news. Has its limitations. Not going to be 3D printing window regulators any time soon.
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