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Staples to sell 'affordable' $1,299 3D printer starting in June
examiner.com ^ | 4/3/13 | Michael Santo

Posted on 05/04/2013 10:43:08 AM PDT by LibWhacker

In June, Staples will become among the first major retailers to offer a 3D printer. It will also be among the first to offer an affodable one, with 3D Systems’ Cube 3D printer being sold for $1,299, the company announced on Friday.

Although $1,299 may seem expensive, there was a time when the cheapest dot matrix or impact printers cost more than that. The price will inevitably come down.

The Cube 3D Printer works with both Windows and Mac OS X. It comes with 25 templates with more available online.

(Excerpt) Read more at examiner.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 3dprinter; 3dprinting; cube; cubify; staples
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1 posted on 05/04/2013 10:43:08 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

It will pay for itself with 30 round magazines printed up.


2 posted on 05/04/2013 10:46:10 AM PDT by Cyclops08
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To: LibWhacker

It is brilliant that it will be used on Apple Products. This items will make them an even bigger fortune. I can’t believe how reasonable these things are getting.


3 posted on 05/04/2013 10:52:16 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: Cyclops08

And soon. only the weakest of plastics will be legally available for use in it. Look for the raw materials to be legislated behind the scenes and pressure put on the manufacturers.


4 posted on 05/04/2013 10:56:10 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Cyclops08

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqzJlBcCsow


5 posted on 05/04/2013 10:59:21 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Norm Lenhart
The cool part about thermoplastics is that they can be recycled. ;)

/johnny

6 posted on 05/04/2013 10:59:36 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: LibWhacker

I figured they would practically give them away, and then nick you on the cartridges.


7 posted on 05/04/2013 10:59:37 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Cyclops08

The other thing to consider is that for much less the tools can be bought to make mags from actual metal and it is not hard to do. The problem is that it’s more work than a mouse click.

Don’t get me wrong. I think this 3DP thing is great! but it’s not going to be as pain free as many think.


8 posted on 05/04/2013 10:59:52 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: napscoordinator

I am very interested in 3D printing though I have not yet done anything. I use Form-Z for my work ( when I have any) and can export STL or other appropriate files. If I can ever get my financial house in order I intend to go forward with modest efforts to make money off 3D printed models.


9 posted on 05/04/2013 10:59:58 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: JRandomFreeper

Indeed. But at what quality? When Fedgov mandates the sale of materials structurably suitable only for Christmas ornaments, why bother?


10 posted on 05/04/2013 11:01:29 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: napscoordinator
I can’t believe how reasonable these things are getting.

Finally going mainstream into retail stores, but this one is no bargain. Other 3-D printers have been sold for $600 and up. Shop carefully, some offer better features at lower prices than more expensive ones. Size of build object, smoothness of movement, minimizing jaggies on surface, heated platforms, etc. I'd wait another year or two for them to get better.

11 posted on 05/04/2013 11:01:36 AM PDT by roadcat
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To: LibWhacker

I paid more than that for my first B/W laser printer. An equivalent model goes for about $120 today.


12 posted on 05/04/2013 11:03:11 AM PDT by pallis
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To: LibWhacker
I need a 3D printer for several inventions. Unfortunatly, this one won't do the job - too small: "Cube 3D Printer can print items up to 5.5" x 5.5" x 5.5". I need something closer to 12" x 6" x 18".

I also need a good, easy to use MCAD product. I looked at some open source products, but haven't tried them yet.

Top 25 Open Source Software Apps for Engineers

13 posted on 05/04/2013 11:03:18 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: Norm Lenhart
Look for the raw materials to be legislated behind the scenes and pressure put on the manufacturers.

That is impossible. As a compliment to these machines, many are making cheap filament extruders that can recycle household plastics. The only way to ban the raw materials is to ban plastics, which will never happen.

£220 3D printing filament extruder launched on Kickstarter

14 posted on 05/04/2013 11:03:30 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: LibWhacker

Could of sworn I saw hobby 3d printers for $500-600. bare bones....let me go look again...


15 posted on 05/04/2013 11:03:58 AM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: LibWhacker

The owner’s and CEO of this company are virulently against #D printing of firearms.

http://www.3ders.org/articles/20130220-new-test-printing-a-gun-on-a-cube-3d-home-printer.html


http://www.dfmpolitics.com/?third_party=gun-control-efforts-could-be-tested-by-new-3-d-printer-technology

3D Systems, the company that makes Lerol’s machine, has also closely been monitoring the gun developments. Abe Reichental, the company’s chief executive, said he is open to working with members of the industry and legislators to restrict certain shapes from being printed.

“We don’t want to prevent printing anything that is legal and proper,” he said. “But we want to be responsible. We want to do good. We want to be a force that helps shape the goodness of this technology and its use.”


16 posted on 05/04/2013 11:04:14 AM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: Norm Lenhart
Guys are recycling the stuff at home now. This is very much an open source thing.

'You can't stop the signal, Mal.'

/johnny

17 posted on 05/04/2013 11:05:07 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: LibWhacker
Although $1,299 may seem expensive, there was a time when the cheapest dot matrix or impact printers cost more than that. The price will inevitably come down.

Its all a matter of perspective, 25 years ago these things were $250,000.

18 posted on 05/04/2013 11:05:16 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: JRandomFreeper
I definitely see a market for a small box that could be kept in a car or by a door. Drop something in, push a button -- if they have a warrant, sure, they can search, but it's not illegal to own a puddle of plastic. Have a nice day.

The entire concept of registration goes right out the window. I have what I have until I push a button to destroy it or to make more of 'em. What's it to you, Mr. Federal Agent?

19 posted on 05/04/2013 11:06:08 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The ballot box is a sham. Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Before going further I will admit only slightly more than basic knowledge here. But how many recyclable plastics in common use have the structural properties needed for durable (even short term durable) mags and other gun components? And how many people have access to the equipment needed to recycle said plastics into


20 posted on 05/04/2013 11:08:06 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: JRandomFreeper

All good! But like the rest of everything, libs will muck this up and stifle development just to stop people from printing boomsticks. ANY way they can.


21 posted on 05/04/2013 11:10:28 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: LibWhacker
$499 Portabee 3D Printer

$499 Solidoodle 3D Printer

22 posted on 05/04/2013 11:13:36 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to detonate anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Once you have a 3D printer, you can print all the parts for another except for the stepper motors and circuit boards, that you can by on the open market.

Doesn't matter if they try to make it so "certain shapes" can't be printed if you build your own 3D printer.

23 posted on 05/04/2013 11:17:12 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to detonate anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: SoCal Pubbie
Just saw this info from Autocad - looks like you can outsource the printing until you make the investment in a 3D printer:

Simply export a STL file from 123D and you are ready to print your model using our 3D printing services.

meet our 3D printing partners

24 posted on 05/04/2013 11:19:28 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: napscoordinator
It is brilliant that it will be used on Apple Products.

It is brilliant that it will be used on virtually all home computer systems, including Apple.

25 posted on 05/04/2013 11:21:03 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: null and void

Here’s one for your list.


26 posted on 05/04/2013 11:22:35 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: LibWhacker
The Cube 3D Printer works with both Windows and Mac OS X.

That's because the computer is not actually controlling anything. You are just downloading a file to the printer. You could use a flash drive if you have the file and the printer has a USB port, which it should.

27 posted on 05/04/2013 11:31:49 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to detonate anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Norm Lenhart
They can try. But this morning when I went through my shop, my lathe and milling machine were still there. I figure I can build whatever I want anyway.

/johnny

28 posted on 05/04/2013 11:33:34 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: LibWhacker

The profit is never in the printer itself, but in the consumables the printer uses.


29 posted on 05/04/2013 11:36:05 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: SgtHooper

“Give away the razors, sell the blades.”


30 posted on 05/04/2013 11:39:17 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: LibWhacker

So what can you use it for? Print out a bunch of Happy Meal Toys?


31 posted on 05/04/2013 11:39:45 AM PDT by MNDude (Sorry for typos. Probably written on a smartphone, and I have big clumsy fingers.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

The materials are going to improve in the future. nanocellulose could be a game changer with one of these.

USDA Under Secretary Sherman Unveils Nanocellulose Production Facility
Posted by Rebecca Wallace, USDA Forest Products Laboratory, on August 3, 2012 at 11:57 AM
The U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory recently opened a $1.7 million production facility for renewable, forest-based nanomaterials.  This facility is the first of its kind in the United States and one that positions the laboratory as the country’s leading producer of these materials, also called nanocellulose.
Nanocellulose is simply wood fiber broken down to the nanoscale. For perspective, a nanometer is roughly one-millionth the thickness of an American dime. Materials at this minute scale have unique properties; nanocellulose-based materials can be stronger than Kevlar fiber and provide high strength properties with low weight. These attributes have attracted the interest of the Department of Defense for use in lightweight armor and ballistic glass. Companies in the automotive, aerospace, electronics, consumer products, and medical device industries also see massive potential for these innovative materials.

http://blogs.usda.gov/2012/08/03/usda-under-secretary-sherman-unveils-nanocellulose-production-facility/


32 posted on 05/04/2013 11:42:49 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: Norm Lenhart
Before going further I will admit only slightly more than basic knowledge here. But how many recyclable plastics in common use have the structural properties needed for durable (even short term durable) mags and other gun components? And how many people have access to the equipment needed to recycle said plastics into

"Here are the two most common plastics for these types of printers:

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene

Polylactic acid

The gun, receiver, and magazines that Defense Distributed has created were I believe all printed in ABS plastic. It is very common. The recycling equipment you can build yourself for a few hundred dollars.

33 posted on 05/04/2013 11:44:17 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: LibWhacker

I am not a computer whiz. We have on this forum those that are. For the computer whiz: what will I get if I spend $2,000 on a 3D printer? What is the benefit?


34 posted on 05/04/2013 11:48:55 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: LibWhacker

Here are some different materials that they are using for 3D printing.

http://www.emergingobjects.com/category/materials/


35 posted on 05/04/2013 11:52:09 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: uncommonsense

Yeah I been to shows and discussed things with firms offering those services. Just haven’t actually done it yet.


36 posted on 05/04/2013 11:52:19 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: JRandomFreeper

A vise. some scrap angle, a hammer, a hacksaw and a rivet gun. Instant emergency Mag manufacturing facility.

With a mill and lathe you are a danger to the country ;)


37 posted on 05/04/2013 11:52:45 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: MNDude
Happy Meal toys, AR-15 lower recievers.. you know, that kind of junk.

/johnny

38 posted on 05/04/2013 11:52:53 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Norm Lenhart
I watched a special on the guys in Afghanistan. They've been making knock-off copies of british rifles for over 100 years with a file, a hammer, and a rock for an anvil.

/johnny

39 posted on 05/04/2013 11:54:48 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Well that definitely changes the situation ;)

If literally common plastics will work, They are in a hell of a fix. Because any code in the printer to ban shapes will be hacked and there is no way other than criminalizing/confiscation the printers or ownership to stop gun part printing.

Which is the very same failure as gun laws that caused the whole mess in the first place.


40 posted on 05/04/2013 11:56:58 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: uncommonsense

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41 posted on 05/04/2013 11:57:41 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
what will I get if I spend $2,000 on a 3D printer? What is the benefit?

Early learning in a new field. If I was younger, I'd be learning 3D design and every aspect of these things, which would guarantee a good career in the future.

In the late 70's and early 80's, people were asking, "What do I need a PC for? Those who bought early PCs and learned a little programming greased their careers.

42 posted on 05/04/2013 11:59:14 AM PDT by aimhigh (Guns do not kill people. Abortion kills people.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Now you know why metal shops were removed from schools ;)

Well, YOU knew. But most don’t.


43 posted on 05/04/2013 11:59:22 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: aimhigh

No. What does one do with a 3D printer? It is obviously new.


44 posted on 05/04/2013 12:04:53 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Prototyping lots of ideas that previously were impossible to do without significant investment in CNC technology for starters. And as materials, raw materials are adapted the sky is literally the limit.


45 posted on 05/04/2013 12:08:12 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

The can’t (or wont) effectively stop cocaine or heroin; I suspect stronger plastics might be available if one want to pay for it.


46 posted on 05/04/2013 12:08:38 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Norm Lenhart

As forms for molds and castings?


47 posted on 05/04/2013 12:09:46 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: muir_redwoods

Print sealed pieces filled with Cocaine and let a drug dog try finding it ;)


48 posted on 05/04/2013 12:09:53 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: muir_redwoods

Anything I imagine as long as the mold can take any heat/pressure/weight involved.


49 posted on 05/04/2013 12:10:59 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: LibWhacker
This is the BEGINNING.

It's usually referred to as "cutting edge" technology.. because it makes your billfold bleed.

I can remember when the CD burner was first introduced to the public it was priced at $5000.

I paid $2000 for a 9 gig Seagate Barracuda SCSI hard drive in order to capture video. That was back in 1998.

3D printing, in my opinion, is going to be HUGE in terms of changing our society. I've started to refer to it as the 21st century's version of "modern day milling."

50 posted on 05/04/2013 12:35:54 PM PDT by VideoDoctor
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