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    Plinker

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    So how long before the files are out there to print whatever weapon you want with metal?

    I am into classic cars, some guys are reproducing no longer available small parts with these printers. Stuff like interior knobs, trim, exterior trim and emblems.

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    I am into classic cars, some guys are reproducing no longer available small parts with these printers. Stuff like interior knobs, trim, exterior trim and emblems
    Now THAT'S an interesting use of the technology.
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    Marksman

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    The era of 3D printed resins and polymers belonged to dreamers; the age of useful 3D printed metal technology will migrate much more slowly to those without wealth as it proves lucrative to those who control it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 4651feeder View Post
    The era of 3D printed resins and polymers belonged to dreamers; the age of useful 3D printed metal technology will migrate much more slowly to those without wealth as it proves lucrative to those who control it.

    While still expensive, it will still be far cheaper than the traditional tooling the average person would have to acquire to start a manufacturing business.

    I think as time moves forward you're going to see a lot of startups based on 3d printed manufacturing, whether metal or otherwise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tombs View Post
    While still expensive, it will still be far cheaper than the traditional tooling the average person would have to acquire to start a manufacturing business.

    I think as time moves forward you're going to see a lot of startups based on 3d printed manufacturing, whether metal or otherwise.
    we have plastic injection molds from $50k to $500k and above. And our largest press is a 1450 ton. Which by the way costs $1 million. So, yes once the technology and speed improves 3D printing will open up all kinds of opportunities. We donít use it for mass production but our automation shop has it running most of the time making fixtures prototypes and doodads for their desks.😁
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    Quote Originally Posted by shootersix View Post
    my daughter printed me a extended magazine release for my ruger precision rimfire, i lasted about 2 range trips, on the third trip it broke after 10 rounds, I think 3d printing is a thing, but just not my thing, I couldn't imagine pulling little pieces of plastic out of my face after god knows how many rounds (could be any number including the 1st round) it'd take for that upper to explode!
    It all depends on the printer and the material, the fact that its 3d printed in and of itself is almost irrelevant. They print rocket engines with 3d printers, getting a mag release is just a matter of getting the right printer and material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KWIndy View Post
    So how long before the files are out there to print whatever weapon you want with metal?

    I am into classic cars, some guys are reproducing no longer available small parts with these printers. Stuff like interior knobs, trim, exterior trim and emblems.
    The issue is not the files but the printer itself and the material. My <$1000 printer can make basic solids out of plastic that are reasonably strong. If I got it really dialed in and ponied up for the good material I could make something as strong/stronger as any manufactured plastic part... upper or lower but not a bolt or barrel.

    We have started using metal printers at work that I have no doubt are better than the ones those guys made the 1911 from. There were a lot of zeros in the price.

    The material we're using is stainless but it starts in dust form... not like household dust, super fine dust. Like full environmental suit, pressure-controlled sealed room, worse-than-asbestos if you get it on you fine. couple zeros in the price for it too.

    BUT when it comes to things like classic cars it's not just the knobs and emblems: we have some of our vintage (70 year old) indycars that had a water pump fail... one-off hand-machined part then. not exactly something you can get from autozone or even the NOS-parts warehouse. scanned the old one in one lab, built a CAD design, sent that to the printer, couple hours later viola car's running again.

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    At about a cool million $$$, this is the only 3D metal printer that interests me. Because it spits out 100% finished parts...

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