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Ejanss wrote:

Has anyone YET figured out another use for "the 3D printing revolution!" besides A) custom action figures and B ) sending needed artificial limbs to remote third-world villages?
B is one example of how a technology needs a Killer-App to take hold, and A is one example of what happens when they don't find one.

(3D-printed action figures are sort of this technology's equivalent of trying to figure out how to get porn on Oculus Rift.)


we also have 3d-printed cars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMQJkkchTi4
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3D printing won't overtake the figurine industry until someone comes up with decent 3D painting. >.>
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Posted 5/1/16 , edited 5/1/16

Ejanss wrote:

Has anyone YET figured out another use for "the 3D printing revolution!" besides A) custom action figurines and B ) sending needed artificial limbs to remote third-world villages?
B is one example of how a technology needs a Killer-App to take hold, and A is one example of what happens when they don't find one.

(3D-printed action figures are sort of this technology's equivalent of trying to figure out how to get porn on Oculus Rift.)


Don't underestimate porn. It really helped the internet take off. Something simple that people want is in itself all you really need for a technology to gain steam and more practical use.

I also have a few other things in mind for 3D printing...

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i would like large printers like the ones that did this

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Cool. Now let's see people do the decals and painting correctly.
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namealreadytaken wrote:


Ejanss wrote:

Has anyone YET figured out another use for "the 3D printing revolution!" besides A) custom action figures and B ) sending needed artificial limbs to remote third-world villages?
B is one example of how a technology needs a Killer-App to take hold, and A is one example of what happens when they don't find one.

(3D-printed action figures are sort of this technology's equivalent of trying to figure out how to get porn on Oculus Rift.)


we also have 3d-printed cars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMQJkkchTi4


There's 3D sweets/candy.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25647918




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Posted 5/1/16 , edited 5/1/16

Ejanss wrote:

Has anyone YET figured out another use for "the 3D printing revolution!" besides A) custom action figurines and B ) sending needed artificial limbs to remote third-world villages?
B is one example of how a technology needs a Killer-App to take hold, and A is one example of what happens when they don't find one.

(3D-printed action figures are sort of this technology's equivalent of trying to figure out how to get porn on Oculus Rift.)


http://www.javelin-tech.com/3d-printer/industry/

If you look at the Aerospace Industry section, you'll see an example where NASA used 70 3D-printed parts in a space exploration rover.


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i would like large printers like the ones that did this

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Industrial printers capable of such print volume and quality typically cost more than a house...


MakotoKamui wrote:

I guess probably the biggest limiting factors right now are how expensive the printers are - most people can't just drop $1k on a lark - and actually making the source models. Especially for figurines - I might be able to do space guns and swords and such, but full on swirly figurines made to be printed are a skill I'll likely never have. I know folks will occasionally upload their own creations for free, but more often they'll post them for a fee instead, or sell the prints they make themselves. That'll probably also limit the popularity a bit.



Great job on that prop gun in that photo

I think any worries people have expressed regarding the figure industry being affected by consumer 3D printing are vastly overblown. This is because the cool examples are done using industrial grade hardware, which cost more than a house (or at least the price of an entry luxury car)...




If fans "only" spend $1k, it's unlikely they'd get anything close to a commercial figure (or even some of those awful bootlegs).

Below is a pic of one of my Love Live figures. I seriously doubt consumer-grade printers could do anything even remotely close on the level of detail (ignoring coloring... that's another thing).

Posted 5/1/16 , edited 5/1/16
Personally, If were going to print figures I'd go with a UV cured SLA resin style printer, I prefer the look over PLA/ABS filament style printers. They are more expensive but the results are better IMO (thinner layers and less prone to delamination)
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3D printed Anime action figures the same scale as my old G.I. Joe action figures would be cool. (those are about the same scale as the 1st gen Star Wars figures as well). I'd pay for licensed plans and series correct paint guides, so long as they don't charge what you'd pay for a finished figure.

Hmmm. That has the makings of some phenomenally epic crossover Anime dioramas.
Luke, Amuro and Snake Eyes vs Vader, Char and Storm Shadow (with Vehicle swaps of course)
Tachikomas & Guntanks vs H.I.S.S tanks & AT-ST's.




Sorry, my inner child, inner geek, and inner otaku just had a combo moment. I have to stop before Star Trek and Dr. Who get invovled or I'll never get to sleep.
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