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Biggest, Fastest Titanium 3D Printer
Design News ^ | 10/9/12 | Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly

Posted on 10/09/2012 1:24:00 PM PDT by null and void



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1 posted on 10/09/2012 1:24:08 PM PDT by null and void
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2 posted on 10/09/2012 1:25:44 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1358 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: null and void

The hopper for the raw material must be the size of several side-by-side boxcars.


3 posted on 10/09/2012 1:30:02 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Libs, dems, unions, leftist scum & murderous muzzies - are like bacteria: attack, attack, attack!)
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To: null and void
Interesting.

/johnny

4 posted on 10/09/2012 1:30:39 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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3-D laser sintering technology creates possibility of significant weight savings in aircraft fabrication
5 posted on 10/09/2012 1:33:13 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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Can it print gun parts?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2942227/posts


6 posted on 10/09/2012 1:33:56 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Vince Ferrer

3-D Scintering Laser tech is what is needed after you start mining materials on the moon for creating a self sufficent moon base. With that you could make replacement parts at first and then start whole bases using this tech.

If you had a 3-D scintering laser titanium / aluminium printer on the moon you could BUILD spacecraft on the moon that could then be used to help colonize mars and the rest of the solar system.

All you need is a mining tech that can create the “feedstock” in the form of pure metallic dust. Which in a vaccum is a lot easier to make than in a atmosphere.

Next best thing to a star trek style replicator!


7 posted on 10/09/2012 1:39:00 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

Can it print engines??

I’ll take titanium 1969 spec 426 Hemi, 427-L88, 350 LT-1, Ford 427 Side Oiler and a 289 Ford for starters.


8 posted on 10/09/2012 1:39:19 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: GraceG
Put this on the moon and build your moon base with it.

Solar sinter

9 posted on 10/09/2012 1:45:01 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: null and void

Now see the many threads & hysterics about “3d printing a gun”.


10 posted on 10/09/2012 2:08:46 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: Vince Ferrer

What an outstandingly cool idea. Pal, you need to contact NASA. America had better do this before the communist Chinese do!


11 posted on 10/09/2012 2:18:54 PM PDT by Jmouse007 (Lord deliver us from evil, in Jesus name, amen.)
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12 posted on 10/09/2012 2:51:04 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1358 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: GraceG

No more plastic guns that can blow up - before long, all one will need is powered steel or powdered titanium, and you’ll be able to print a real gun...so long to gun control (and don’t let the door hit you in the ass).

“The right to own weapons is the right to be free” - The Weapon Shops of Isher, A. E. Van Vogt


13 posted on 10/09/2012 3:01:16 PM PDT by Ancesthntr (Why do libs think that a half-white multi-millionairre really cares about them?)
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To: null and void

Sounds positively scintillating!

*Rimshot* ping!


14 posted on 10/09/2012 3:05:55 PM PDT by Voice of Reason1 (Absolute power corrupts absolutely Lord Acton 1887)
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To: Ancesthntr

Can be bought here: http://www.amazon.com/Weapon-Shops-Isher-van-vogt/dp/0671431293


15 posted on 10/09/2012 3:07:32 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG
Scintering Laser tech is what is needed after you start mining materials on the moon for creating a self sufficent moon base.

LOL there will never be a "self sufficient" moon base in the foreseeable future. There isn't any benefit to one that is anywhere near the cost. Or to put it another way there isn't anything there that you couldn't get here for about a million times less money.

Two questions: How much do you think a moon base would cost, and who do you think should pay for it?

16 posted on 10/10/2012 4:20:21 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: ctdonath2
Now see the many threads & hysterics about “3d printing a gun”.

The most hysterical article was in the NY Times. You have to remember their primary audience is New Yorkers, and the majority of New Yorkers pi$$ themselves when they see a gun. I suspect that for the next few years firearms made in the conventional manner will be far more cost effective than anything from this technology.

Where it really has possibilities is in producing things that you can't get at the local gun shop. There is a widespread and growing trend for police departments to acquire armored vehicles for intimidating the citizenry. The ability to "print out" the mechanical components of RPGs or something like a PAK36 in 37mm would go a long way to restoring the true meaning of the second amendment.

17 posted on 10/10/2012 5:03:39 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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Thanks!


18 posted on 10/10/2012 6:03:11 AM PDT by Jack of all Trades (Hold your face to the light, even though for the moment you do not see.)
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To: from occupied ga

Two questions: How much do you think a moon base would cost, and who do you think should pay for it?

If taxes or religious persecution become too great on earth the Moon WILL BE COLONIZED!


19 posted on 10/10/2012 7:34:12 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG
I asked:

Two questions: How much do you think a moon base would cost, and who do you think should pay for it?

and you responded:

If taxes or religious persecution become too great on earth the Moon WILL BE COLONIZED!

You responded, but you didn't answer my questions. I'm just asking for your opinion. How much do you THINK it will cost and who do you THINK should pay for it?

20 posted on 10/10/2012 7:43:46 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

It will cost a LOT, in the billions and Private Industry should pay for it and in exchange they should get property rights for lunar real estate as well as reaping any future rewards from it TAX free!

I say we send construction robots there first and start building stuff first before even sending any humans, the moon is close enough you can control robots easily enough without that much communications lag. Humans cost a lot more to keep alive than robots. So if your construction bots can build the whole settlement before even sending the first permanent humans there you save a TON of money.

Also asteroid mining could be more practical early on as you may be able to robotically mine and asteroid for precious metals like platinum and gold before the moon because the moon is sorely lacking in those metals.


21 posted on 10/10/2012 8:06:07 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: null and void

This is a “thanks for the ping”, ping. :)


22 posted on 10/10/2012 5:42:58 PM PDT by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: GraceG; from occupied ga

Good answer...


23 posted on 10/10/2012 5:47:06 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: from occupied ga
LOL there will never be a "self sufficient" moon base in the foreseeable future. There isn't any benefit to one that is anywhere near the cost. Or to put it another way there isn't anything there that you couldn't get here for about a million times less money.

3Helium.

24 posted on 10/10/2012 6:04:52 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1359 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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3Helium.

Science fiction

25 posted on 10/10/2012 7:49:29 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

So were geosynchronous communications satellites.


26 posted on 10/10/2012 7:52:18 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1359 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: GraceG
It will cost a LOT, in the billions

considering that the apollo project brought back 842 lb for $170,000,000,000 (in today's dollars) The cost for a moonbase would be in the trillions. The entire US GDP is $15.9 trillion.

Private Industry should pay for it and in exchange they should get property rights for lunar real estate

I have to grant you plenty of chutzpah. You want to force a fortune out of the private sector and pay them off in totally worthless "Lunar real estate"

Private industry MUST make a profit to survive. There is NOTHING on the moon that's worth the cost of getting it. I'll do the math for you. a pound of moon rocks - intrinsically the same value as a pound of rock you pick up anywhere - cost $202,000,000 (2010 dollars)to acquire. I'll sell you a pound of rocks with the same elements in them for $10.00 and make a $9.90 profit.

construction robots there first and start building stuff

science fiction

asteroid mining

science fiction. FR space kadets never do the math. They confuse science fiction with fact (like the 3He crowd) and generally don't want to hear that their space dreams are never going to materialize because of the vast expense and miniscule return

27 posted on 10/10/2012 8:28:12 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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This comment is supposed to mean something? get back to me when there is an actual value to 3He. UNTIL THEN 3He value is science fiction. I'm not holding my breath.

I enjoy reading SF, but I don't confuse it with reality

28 posted on 10/10/2012 8:42:03 PM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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