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3D printing: the new, bottom-up industrial revolution
The London Telegraph ^ | May 7, 2013 | Allister Heath

Posted on 05/09/2013 6:00:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

When Joseph Schumpeter described capitalism as a process of creative destruction more than 70 years ago, he couldn’t have conceived of the miracle that is 3D printing.

Yet this hair-raising technology is about to tear apart existing structures in a way that would undoubtedly have shocked even Schumpeter, a great economist struck by the free market’s revolutionary, anti-conservative tendencies.

Remarkably, 3D printing allows actual objects to be designed and created (or “printed”) surprisingly quickly with a computer connected to a printer-like device, using special material (often plastic, but increasingly almost anything) as “ink” and “paper”. With the costs of the machinery nearing mass-market levels, 3D printing is poised to take off, blurring the distinction between digital and physical realms, democratising manufacturing and turning large chunks of the global economy upside-down.

Yet the news that the first workable gun has been produced with a 3D printer will have reawakened the inner Luddite in many Britons....

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: 3dprinters; 3dprinting; banglist; computers; guncontrol; manufacturing; secondamendment
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1 posted on 05/09/2013 6:00:36 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

3D printing is the ultimate challenge to the elites. Once again the middle class merchant has a chance. Must crush him quickly.


2 posted on 05/09/2013 6:03:07 PM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Does anyone know what material they used to make that small human liver? I’m lost on that one.


3 posted on 05/09/2013 6:05:13 PM PDT by chesty_puller (Viet Nam 1970-71 He who shed blood with me shall forever be my brother. Shak.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; AFPhys; AD from SpringBay; ADemocratNoMore; aimhigh; AnalogReigns; archy; ...
3-D Printer Ping!


4 posted on 05/09/2013 6:07:10 PM PDT by null and void (America needs to be led by warriors not by lawyers)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Eventually, even governments will be threatened by the 3D printing revolution. In a world of endless choice, who will put up with one size fits all public services and flawed, bureaucratic decision making?

They have just been cut out of the loop, and know it.

5 posted on 05/09/2013 6:07:26 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

More over-hype from non-technical writers about the technology which has great potential, and limitations.


6 posted on 05/09/2013 6:11:50 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: DariusBane

Concurrent story today about a web site with gun plans that the Feds have shut down.

We can expect huge excise taxes on the raw resin material and possibly a mysterious ‘shortage’ as the usual DC control freakery takes hold.


7 posted on 05/09/2013 6:24:04 PM PDT by relictele (A place dedicated to economic, racial and social equality. It was called Jonestown.)
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To: chesty_puller

I found how they made the liver....way over my head. I have a GED from Da Nang and 2 years of Jr college. Not exactly a rocket surgeon.


8 posted on 05/09/2013 6:24:23 PM PDT by chesty_puller (Viet Nam 1970-71 He who shed blood with me shall forever be my brother. Shak.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yet the news that the first workable gun has been produced with a 3D printer will have reawakened the inner Luddite in many Britons....

And the inner William Wallace in others. Or is that thought to horrible for you to contemplate? Make your widdle panties all 'tinky?

9 posted on 05/09/2013 6:25:57 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: bigbob
Here's a quality video on 3D printing:

Lisa Harouni: A primer on 3D printing | Video on TED.com

I'd be interested in what part you think is hype.

Also - Materials from i.materalize

8 Titanium: Light and the strongest 3D printing material in the world
9 Stainless steel: Not your grandmother’s stainless steel
10 Silver: Sterling silver
11 Gold: 14 carat solid gold
12 Prime gray: Very smooth, detailed and “luxurious” to the touch
13 Brass: Copper and Zinc, united as one
14 Bronze: What did you expect after gold and silver?
15 Ceramics: A food safe material that shines like no other
16 High detailed stainless steel: High grade stainless steel with a superb level of detail

10 posted on 05/09/2013 6:34:51 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: relictele
Folks are already building home recycling units to recycle most of the easy thermoplastics. That plastic coke bottle in the trash is tomorrow's bathtub stopper.

/johnny

12 posted on 05/09/2013 6:54:54 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The net, fracking, and now 3D printing have foiled the elites attempt to control humanity....for now. We have been lucky.


13 posted on 05/09/2013 6:55:29 PM PDT by MattinNJ (It's over Johnny. The America you knew is gone. Denial serves no purpose.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

3D printing is currently at a very crude scale.

Nano-tech will eventually allow 3D printers to operate at a molecular level. When the tech allows manipulation at the nano scale the items created will be the highest quality ever achieved.

3D printers will morph into desktop assemblers able to make drugs, guns, food, biological tissue, extremely complex electronic devices and things we can’t even imagine yet. They will of course be able to create copies of themselves... so a single desktop assembler could spawn a world filling supply of assemblers.

Liberals/progressives/socialists/communists will all be against this technology since it liberates ordinary people (the unwashed masses) from any dependence on central government.


14 posted on 05/09/2013 6:56:27 PM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: bigbob
“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” — Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC), maker of big business mainframe computers, arguing against the PC in 1977.

Just saying. '77 wasn't that long ago.

/johnny

15 posted on 05/09/2013 6:59:57 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Heh. I’m gonna print myself a Tea set.


16 posted on 05/09/2013 7:02:18 PM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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To: Bobalu

Will I be able to print a Silver American Eagle someday?


17 posted on 05/09/2013 7:04:01 PM PDT by naturalborn
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Obama Admin will try to ban 3D Printing and the rest of the World will advance


18 posted on 05/09/2013 7:12:04 PM PDT by molson209
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To: JRandomFreeper

“Filabot is a desktop extruding system, capable of grinding various types of plastics, to make spools of plastic filament for 3D printers. Not only is it user friendly, but it is also environmentally friendly. The Filabot can process things such as: milk jugs, soda bottles, various other types of plastics, and bad prints, to make new filament for a future print. Filabot will bring the real power of sustainability to 3D printing, allowing for a one stop shop to make anything.”

http://filabot.com/


19 posted on 05/09/2013 7:14:01 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: naturalborn

I’m afraid that in a world where finished products have a negligible value that precious metals will have greatly diminished worth.

What would you buy with the proceeds of selling a silver coin anyway? I mean, when you can create pretty much anything for almost nothing.

Everything will change, few will need to work. Large economies built on low-wage labor will be transformed when the labor is no longer of value.

It won’t be socialism.... no need to steal from the rich and spread the wealth... just crank out whatever you need.

Computers are amplifiers for the human mind. Once they were created we were set on a path leading to full automation.

Just a mere 100 years from now the world will be very different... many here on this forum will still be alive to see it IMO.


20 posted on 05/09/2013 7:16:43 PM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
I've sorta been surfing on the leading edge of this tech for a while. Yeah. Lots of smart guys out there, and they come up with some amazing solutions.

/johnny

21 posted on 05/09/2013 7:17:39 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I kinda wish they wouldn’t call it printing, because it isn’t really. It’s building.
It’s going to (heck, probably already is beginning) to be a major time and money saver in product development leading up to mold making. molds are really expensive and to be able to pre-produce and test parts, short run parts, etc, is invaluable.


22 posted on 05/09/2013 7:23:41 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: Bobalu

There are some extremely precise printers, but this isn’t what you’ll commonly see people making their own jewelery and baubles with, those machines are still very expensive and will likely stay expensive for a good while. The low end stuff is a different story.


23 posted on 05/09/2013 7:25:51 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: visualops
The actual driver code sure uses a lot of code in common with 2-D paper printing from what I've seen. I suppose it depends on how you look at it.

/johnny

24 posted on 05/09/2013 7:28:11 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: visualops
“The world potential market for copying machines is 5000 at most.” — IBM, to the eventual founders of Xerox, saying the photocopier had no market large enough to justify production, 1959.

/johnny

25 posted on 05/09/2013 7:31:12 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

This tech is going to evolve. Now that they are becoming affordable there will be a lot of people just playing around with them. There will be a lot of useless trinkets made but there will be some real gems also. Innovation will abound.


26 posted on 05/09/2013 7:39:10 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
I figure 80% of the internet is for porn. The rest makes trillions of dollars.

/johnny

27 posted on 05/09/2013 7:43:03 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Will a shortage of 3D printers begin in a matter hours????


28 posted on 05/09/2013 7:50:02 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Bobalu

I wonder what a 3D printed hamburger tastes like.


29 posted on 05/09/2013 7:57:46 PM PDT by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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To: familyop
Good 3-D printers can print copies of themselves. That's the whole concept behind RepRap. ;)

/johnny

30 posted on 05/09/2013 8:06:18 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: seowulf
I wonder what a 3D printed hamburger tastes like.

Probably like McDonalds. Nasty burgers.

31 posted on 05/09/2013 8:06:35 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: seowulf
Don't know, but they are using 3-D printers to print flask-grown human organ cells into things like functioning bits of liver and kidney.

Eventually, maybe they can replace my left kidney with cells grown from my own body. Some people are out there trying, instead of throwing rocks from the sidelines.

/johnny

32 posted on 05/09/2013 8:09:24 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Bobalu
Everything will change, few will need to work

Sort of happening now, with Obama running things. So where will the taxes to pay for welfare come from? Maybe that's why Obama wants to shut down 3D printing!

33 posted on 05/09/2013 8:11:06 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: JRandomFreeper
Don't know, but they are using 3-D printers to print flask-grown human organ cells into things like functioning bits of liver and kidney.

More power to 'em. I hope they do great and wonderful things.

The skeptic in me, however, seems to hear the ring of nuclear power in the 50's saying that soon "electricity will be too cheap to meter."

There's always some new technology out there that promises to be the savior of the world. So far they've been false saviors.

34 posted on 05/09/2013 8:21:44 PM PDT by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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To: seowulf
Government got involved with nukes.

I do have to ask if you are reading and posting from a phone or a notepad.

“We will never make a 32 bit operating system.” — Bill Gates

Personally, I'm skeptical of nay-saying anything until it all washes out in the end.

/johnny

35 posted on 05/09/2013 8:29:45 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: seowulf
There has been a larynx that was constructed as a scaffold with a 3-D printer, allowed to grow cells from the patient in the scaffolding, and then implanted into the patient. A scan from the patient provided the initial data for the artificial cartilage. The patient provided the cells.

Some structures are already being done.

Kidneys and livers are more difficult.

/johnny

36 posted on 05/09/2013 8:36:25 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Government got involved with nukes.

You've got me there.

Of course government always gets involved with everything. It appears to be already starting with 3D printing.

Of course there's always a "rational" reason for it. Can't have printed guns in the hands of the peasants; it's for the children after all. What ever made up excuse there is, there must be a way for government to screw it up. Politicians must profit.

My skepticism is more about human nature than human technology.

37 posted on 05/09/2013 8:40:38 PM PDT by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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To: seowulf
My skepticism is more about human nature than human technology.

There have always been bootleggers. That, too is human nature. ;)

/johnny

38 posted on 05/09/2013 8:48:36 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: naturalborn
Will I be able to print a Silver American Eagle someday?

You can do it now. You have to supply the raw silver, of course, and at present, the machine is quite expensive.

These machines can do quite a bit, but they do not create something out of nothing.

39 posted on 05/09/2013 8:51:40 PM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: Bobalu; All

Labor will become expensive and in demand. Land will be expensive. Prime real estate moreso.

Raw materials will still be needed.

Rare materials such as gold and silver will become relatively more valuable because of the demand for their intrinsic qualities and their scarcity.


40 posted on 05/09/2013 8:54:25 PM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: marktwain

Right up until the time we have nano machines that you can dump a handful of out into field dirt, and they bring back a few pounds of gold & platinum.

Gold and platinum are really not that rare, just distributed so well as to make economic recovery extremely unlikely.

But rest assured, that will change. Or not rest :)


41 posted on 05/09/2013 9:08:22 PM PDT by Aqua225 (Realist)
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To: visualops

Architects are starting to 3D print houses—but without a house-sized printer
http://qz.com/68780/architects-are-starting-to-3d-print-houses-but-without-a-house-sized-printer/


42 posted on 05/09/2013 9:52:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: JRandomFreeper

At which point the government will suddenly reverse course and decry recycling.

It would be curious to see how it affects petro prices.


43 posted on 05/10/2013 3:44:05 AM PDT by relictele (A place dedicated to economic, racial and social equality. It was called Jonestown.)
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To: naturalborn
Will I be able to print a Silver American Eagle someday?

Not a good looking one. But you will be able to print dies for any coin and counterfeit collectable coins using the dies and a press.

44 posted on 05/10/2013 3:51:47 AM PDT by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: seowulf

Tastes like chicken.


45 posted on 05/10/2013 3:53:17 AM PDT by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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To: bigbob

Isn’t that a job requirement of technical writers? I mean they are writing for government school graduates and HS dropouts, but I repeat myself.


46 posted on 05/10/2013 5:31:28 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: familyop

Will a shortage of 3D printers begin in a matter hours????

***
Yep, as soon as DHS buys up a boatload.


47 posted on 05/10/2013 5:37:02 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: Aqua225

Right up until the time we have nano machines that you can dump a handful of out into field dirt, and they bring back a few pounds of gold & platinum.

I think it will happen, eventually. It seems to be slower than I thought it might be. Even nano-machines have limitations. They use energy and have to work with the atoms and molecules available.

The rate of technological progress continues to accelerate. 25 years ago, I thought we might have full blown nanotech by now.


48 posted on 05/10/2013 8:34:32 AM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I can see that. I suppose the similarities are there, but a machine that extrudes material isn’t printing.
Watching a 3d printer in action actually reminded me of how I used to build sandcastles by dripping wet sand to make towers.


49 posted on 05/10/2013 10:28:45 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: visualops
but a machine that extrudes material isn’t printing.

Your InkJet(tm) printer extrudes ink onto a substrate of paper. Sounds like a machine extruding material to me.

/johnny

50 posted on 05/10/2013 10:34:11 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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