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baybeefeetz
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Member since Sep 2009
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Is a 3-d printer useful or fun to play around with?
Might be a covid purchase. I’d like to learn how to use them.


JetsetNuggs
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New Orleans
Member since Jun 2014
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re: Is a 3-d printer useful or fun to play around with?
If you're asking if it can make a dildo, I don't know


LegendInMyMind
Member since Apr 2019
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re: Is a 3-d printer useful or fun to play around with?
Yes, they are fun to play around with. It is as useful as you want it to be.


baybeefeetz
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Member since Sep 2009
27462 posts

re: Is a 3-d printer useful or fun to play around with?
Hahaha wtf are you talking about hahahahaha

You’re crazy. You’re crazy.


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baybeefeetz
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Member since Sep 2009
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re: Is a 3-d printer useful or fun to play around with?
Is it possible to print (copy) a sculpture of my face?
This post was edited on 6/3 at 3:56 pm


IAmNERD
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Member since May 2017
6252 posts

re: Is a 3-d printer useful or fun to play around with?
If you know what you're doing, they can be useful. Just like any other piece of equipment


TheArrogantCorndog
Chicago Cubs Fan
Highland Rd
Member since Sep 2009
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re: Is a 3-d printer useful or fun to play around with?
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Is it possible to print a sculpture of my face?



Yes... you just have to buy a good 3d scanner and learn the modeling software


50407Tiger
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Member since Oct 2019
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re: Is a 3-d printer useful or fun to play around with?
Hotel Artemis, Charlie Day’s character.....

Fun, yes.
Deadly, possibly.


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baybeefeetz
LSU Fan
Member since Sep 2009
27462 posts

re: Is a 3-d printer useful or fun to play around with?
Oh yeah? What have you found yours useful for?


LegendInMyMind
Member since Apr 2019
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re: Is a 3-d printer useful or fun to play around with?
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Is it possible to print (copy) a sculpture of my face?

Probably. What would limit you on specific stuff like that is software. Don't buy cheap, but you also don't have to buy the most expensive either.


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baybeefeetz
LSU Fan
Member since Sep 2009
27462 posts

re: Is a 3-d printer useful or fun to play around with?
And because of that, I’m out.

Jk but I was hoping that by now it’s so easy almost anybody can do it.
This post was edited on 6/3 at 3:58 pm


Grilled Bald Eagle
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Jun 2008
1049 posts

re: Is a 3-d printer useful or fun to play around with?
Get a good one and it'll be fantastic. Buy a kit so you learn how it works as you build it. That way you'll know how to fix it when things go south (which, inevitably, they will).

They're even better once you figure out that you can print actual useful things with them and not just little boats and articulated octopuses ad shite like that.


baybeefeetz
LSU Fan
Member since Sep 2009
27462 posts

re: Is a 3-d printer useful or fun to play around with?
Yeah I was thinking it would be good for little pieces/ parts that break or get lost.


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Ssubba
Alabama Fan
Member since Oct 2014
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re: Is a 3-d printer useful or fun to play around with?
Pick a modeling software and download a copy (wink wink). Watch youtube tutorials and start making random trinkets. I took a intro modeling class in college about 4 years ago and we had access to some pretty high end printers at the time. Had a blast.

You can also download files and print whatever, but the fun will be making it yourself.
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TheArrogantCorndog
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re: Is a 3-d printer useful or fun to play around with?
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Jk but I was hoping that by now it’s so easy almost anybody can do it.


3D printing has had extremely rapid tech development, but it still relies on understanding and being fluent in modeling software... scanners are a great tool for capturing scale and precise detail, but it doesn't do everything... there is still a learning curve


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IAmNERD
Auburn Fan
Member since May 2017
6252 posts

re: Is a 3-d printer useful or fun to play around with?
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Oh yeah? What have you found yours useful for?

We have one we make up scale model prototypes on.

It runs with the same ESPRIT software we use for machining. I can do all the computer stuff but past that, I'm lost. I've never physically set it up to run and there are lots of settings on the damn thing that I'm sure I could mess something up. I just work with the customer engineering prints and post the program.

It is a pretty cool piece of tech and some in my industry are saying that "additive manufacturing" (basically adding material, or 3d printing, instead of removing material, or machining) is the wave of the future but I'm not worried all that much about it completely putting us out of business. It has helped us in actually visualizing some of the more complex parts we do, therefore, giving us a better ideas on ways to machine particular parts. So it has certainly helped our processes on some really complicated, high dollar jobs.


el Gaucho
Southern Fan
bawcomville
Member since Dec 2010
42188 posts

re: Is a 3-d printer useful or fun to play around with?
No

A 2 inch knickknack takes 24 hours to print and it’s noisy as an old xerox machine


TheArrogantCorndog
Chicago Cubs Fan
Highland Rd
Member since Sep 2009
11641 posts

re: Is a 3-d printer useful or fun to play around with?
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and not just little boats


I've got a half dozen benchy boats laying around all over the office

Like this guy
Image: https://i.redd.it/a7ewduxo5cex.jpg




BigDropper
LSU Fan
Member since Jul 2009
4533 posts

re: Is a 3-d printer useful or fun to play around with?
You trying to print firearms?


baybeefeetz
LSU Fan
Member since Sep 2009
27462 posts

re: Is a 3-d printer useful or fun to play around with?
I’m trying to print a dild... I’m trying to print a little boat.


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