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New 3D printer from BigRep lets you print full-size furniture
TweakTown ^ | February 20, 2014 | Michael Hatamoto

Posted on 02/21/2014 8:06:21 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Technology to bring 3D printing closer to the mass market is accelerating, though most 3D printed items tend to be rather small in size. To help demonstrate the effectiveness of printing larger items, BigRep, a company founded in 2014, opens the door to printing items such as furniture. The device is launching worldwide at large trade shows, and begins shipping in two months, with a $39,000 MSRP.

The BigRep One can print full-scale objects in sizes up to 45x39x47 inches, and has the ability to print plastics, nylons, Laywood (wood fibers mixed with polymers), and Laybrick (something similar to sandstone-type of material).

"We know that the need for 3D prints has increased enormously in the creative industries among architects, artists and inventors, among others," said Lukas Oehmigen, BigRep founder, in a press statement. "We have developed printing technology that lowers costs by about 90%, opening the door to a new dimension. Clients may now affordably produce life-size, three dimensional objects."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Germany
KEYWORDS: 3d; 3dprinter; 3dprinters; 3dprinting; furniture; manufacturing; printer

1 posted on 02/21/2014 8:06:22 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve been wondering lately if these printers mean the end of big box stores. You just go to a 10 x 10 store front, tell the guy behind the counter what you want, and they just “print” it up for you. Or bring in your own program and load it up.


3 posted on 02/21/2014 8:10:12 PM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, what’s the furniture look like, my daughter’s Barbie doll house seats? Will it do an electric chair?


4 posted on 02/21/2014 8:12:20 PM PST by Insigne123 (It is the soldier, not the community organizer, who gives us freedom of the press)
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To: Insigne123

Some of it looks pretty god.

Google search results here: https://www.google.com/search?q=furniture+made+with+3d+printer&newwindow=1&safe=off&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-Address&rlz=1I7GGHP_enUS441&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=VSUIU5idDOrMyQGrhoCgBA&ved=0CEEQsAQ&biw=1581&bih=1018


5 posted on 02/21/2014 8:19:49 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; AFPhys; AD from SpringBay; ADemocratNoMore; aimhigh; AnalogReigns; archy; ...

3-D Printer Ping!

6 posted on 02/21/2014 8:21:02 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: WKUHilltopper

If you want to wait a day or more and pay what a one-off item made with expensive material on an expensive machine costs, sure.

3D printing has it’s place. That place is not everywhere for everything.


7 posted on 02/21/2014 8:21:04 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: F15Eagle

3D, the company (DDD), has just made a partnership with Hasbro. They will have home printers so kids can make their own toys.


9 posted on 02/21/2014 8:34:36 PM PST by Cold Heart
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To: null and void
Can it print shoes?

/johnny

10 posted on 02/21/2014 8:35:00 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"with a $39,000 MSRP"

And in the near future, they'll borrow speech from CNC debtors to say that no one can compete with that. ;-)


11 posted on 02/21/2014 8:47:59 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Alas Babylon!

That wood chair is awesome! Very exciting. I like some of these. Modern and cool looking.

There will soon be a wood furniture co that will be as huge as amazon.


12 posted on 02/21/2014 8:49:33 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is great! I have been interested in 3D printing for a while, but it has always been too expensive. Hopefully soon I will be able to afford one.


13 posted on 02/21/2014 9:15:53 PM PST by MonsterPiggy
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To: null and void

Please add me to the 3D ping list.

I have a 3D printer on my wishlist, but I can wait and let the technology mature a little more.


14 posted on 02/21/2014 9:20:50 PM PST by Ellendra ("Laws were most numerous when the Commonwealth was most corrupt." -Tacitus)
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To: MonsterPiggy

There are sub-$500 3D printers now.


15 posted on 02/21/2014 9:22:44 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Ellendra

Welcome aboard! My $280 printer (I splurged on a heated bed) is coming next month.


16 posted on 02/21/2014 9:28:16 PM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: F15Eagle
I'm gonna buy a 3-D printer and then print 3-D printers with it.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

17 posted on 02/21/2014 9:39:57 PM PST by expatguy (Donate to "An American Expat in SE Asia")
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To: JRandomFreeper; All

Big enough to print rifle stocks.


18 posted on 02/21/2014 9:40:28 PM PST by marktwain (The old media must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: marktwain
You'll want to print that child shoes before you custom make a stock for him. ;)

It would have made my exercise with making a custom stock for the step daughter much easier. She was left handed, right eyed, and tiny for her age. I ruined two 10-22 blank stocks getting one that she could use in competition.

/johnny

19 posted on 02/21/2014 10:00:52 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Cold Heart

Do not under estimate kids. I used to play a computer city building game call SimCity. Later versions of the game allow the player to design their own buildings and allow it to be used in the game. It involves 3d graphics and jpeg decals that can be put on the building. The key to architecture is not only structure but the color and texture of the building making it appealing visually. Individual players can upload their building designs onto a website allowing other player to download it for their game. Several building on the site were well made and were done by 13 year old kids who had an early knack in building design and architectural appeal.


20 posted on 02/21/2014 10:36:25 PM PST by Fee ( Big Gov and Big Business are Enemies of America)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

3-d printing is an exciting technology, and this is another advance. However, a $39,000 machine to make wobbly plastic Walmart chairs is not my idea of a hobby. For prototyping though, this is great and it may mean that we will see much more variety of wobbly plastic Walmart chairs in the future.


21 posted on 02/21/2014 11:18:49 PM PST by BRK
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To: MonsterPiggy
This is great! I have been interested in 3D printing for a while, but it has always been too expensive. Hopefully soon I will be able to afford one.

There is a guy on line who sells parts for a home build 3-D printer.....and the software to build another,

examples here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZL0A0IMFVY

and the do it yourself printer here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ua2QKV8V234

looks like this:

22 posted on 02/21/2014 11:21:56 PM PST by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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To: JRandomFreeper
Can it print shoes?


23 posted on 02/21/2014 11:55:35 PM PST by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe they can have a 3D printer make a pair of ba**s for some of our elected officials.


24 posted on 02/22/2014 2:43:14 AM PST by chiefqc
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To: bigbob

If you want to wait a day or more and pay what a one-off item made with expensive material on an expensive machine costs, sure.

3D printing has it’s place. That place is not everywhere for everything.
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That will change. Maybe not print times, but the prices will come down and the materials will evolve. Personally, I think even the print time will eventually become shorter.

If you don’t want the floor piece at a furniture store, you do have to wait until your custom color or size arrives at the sales point.

I can see future designs where the frame and perhaps selected areas of a piece of furniture are printed and then fabric pillows are added. However, it is only a matter of time until manmade fibers that are indistinguishable from the woven variety can be used in the 3D process. Spinnerets in place of extrusion nozzles could be one innovation. I believe industry already does this for some fabrics.

Our common upholstered furniture could someday only be available as custom orders from expensive artisan shops. People will laugh at today’s 3D printers, just as we do at the clunky early computers or brick-sized “mobile phones”.

No one ever thought PCs would be affordable for almost everyone or do all the tasks they routinely do today. Home sound production systems and home video editing equipment today offer professional quality for a relatively affordable price.

A real replicator or a universal fab that isn’t dedicated to turning out one simple widget may even become reality in the next 10 years or so. Just look at how inventors keep trying to reproduce the science fiction machines seen in Star Trek.

I believe this is the next industrial revolution.


25 posted on 02/22/2014 6:39:33 AM PST by reformedliberal
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To: Fee

Totally agree.

Kids will grow up with these technologies and will be hacking them without even thinking about it.


26 posted on 02/22/2014 6:43:43 AM PST by reformedliberal
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To: bigbob

Maybe. But with competitive economies of scale, I would suspect the costs go down. Just like we’ve seen with digital TVs, et al.


27 posted on 02/22/2014 8:19:45 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: reformedliberal

This whole new “industrial revolution” we seem to be entering is fascinating. Soon, I guess they’ll be replicating, with precision, non-existing or hard to find antique auto parts and things that haven’t been produced in centuries. Probably just have to scan one as the prototype.

I’ve even seen food printers. In the future, will we be printing up pizzas? Wild stuff and consideration.

OK...so who is selling the stock? lol


28 posted on 02/22/2014 8:29:33 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: WKUHilltopper

I believe replication of antique parts for restoration is already a niche for 3D printing. Laser scanners have become essential for this.

The food printers are, IMO, a bit bogus. They are food extruders that simply use filled cartridges of paste-like ingredients to deposit blobs of foodstuff in traditional shapes. They can already extrude pizza.

I am waiting to be able to fill something with essential elements/nutrients and then press a button resulting in the creation of food that still looks, tastes and smells like farmed produce or meat. CHON=a steak or a salad, depending on the program.

The money will be in the software programs and the raw materials. I suspect there are companies with R&D programs ongoing to be the first to build a real replicator. However, it may well end up being a garage R&D operation.

We are at a place similar to the fascination with electricity in the 1800s, IMO, or with computers in the 1970s. What would an early photographer think of the iPad camera, for example? I know that I remember the early Brownies and my jaw just drops at what an iPad can do. Interestingly enough, I know older women who can barely send an email who have eagerly purchased an iPad just because they want the camera function.

Whatever happens, it won’t be some sort of linear geometric progression. There will be uneven development and some seemingly obscure discovery may catapult everything forward by a quantum level.


29 posted on 02/22/2014 9:09:03 AM PST by reformedliberal
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To: reformedliberal

“I am waiting to be able to fill something with essential elements/nutrients and then press a button resulting in the creation of food that still looks, tastes and smells like farmed produce or meat. CHON=a steak or a salad, depending on the program.”

Like a George Jetson setup!

Amazing ventures—fer sure!


30 posted on 02/23/2014 7:26:49 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; null and void; bigbob; JRandomFreeper

Hey, I had a great idea! (well, I think it’s great anyway) As soon as someone can make an old-fashioned full water usage toilet, I want to buy one! Ditto for washing machines and dishwashers that work the way they are supposed to and used to do.

What potential to circumvent absurd EPA regulations.

Take that, enviro-nazis!


31 posted on 08/13/2014 8:10:23 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX (All those who were appointed to eternal life believed. Acts 13:48)
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