Scientific American: five 3D printers


13 Responses to “Scientific American: five 3D printers”

  1. twig says:

    Ok, awesome.

    Candy Fab seems like it would have near-unlimited potential.

  2. semiotix says:

    Meh. Wake me when they have 4D printers. I’ve got this cool idea for a tesseract paperweight.

  3. eustace says:

    I have access to a knee mill, lathe, bandsaws, tooling etc. at work. So what am I going to build? A reprap, of course (the arduino version).

    And once I have it – Custom Lego!!!

  4. Zan says:

    I wish they would stop with this “self-replicating” baloney. RepRap didn’t even come close to self replicating — it created the plastic braces needed to hold all the metal parts, motors, and electronics together on another RepRap. It wasn’t even close to 50% of the needed parts, and MUCH assembly was required. If you’re going by that definition, machine tools such as mills and lathes have been self-replicating for a hundred years.

  5. Agent 86 says:

    Heh, I watch a confectionery competition on the food network, where they make the most intricate sugar towers, and I always despair at the time and effort required… but this Candy Fab thing looks like it’ll do exactly what I want.

  6. minTphresh says:

    DNA spiral candy? sign me up!

  7. pelrun says:

    I wish people would stop bitching about Reprap’s “self-replication” moniker. Nobody said it implies “self-assembly”. Nobody said it was the absolute first thing to ever do it.

    It’s a machine that has reached the goal of making the custom parts required for a second copy of itself. That’s all the reprap people mean when they say “self-replicating”.

  8. Modusoperandi says:

    The Candy Fab prints objects by fusing layers of sugar

    Also, it has a disturbingly high number of users that resemble Augustus Gloop.

  9. eustace says:

    That’s a great instructable, Takuan.

  10. Takuan says:

    they’ve got a bunch of CNC machines of varying difficulty.

  11. Antinous says:

    Nobody said it implies “self-assembly”.

    Yeah, don’t you know that humans aren’t self replicating because our young are not fully functional at birth? Clearly, nature didn’t read The Rules.

  12. Takuan says:

    just as well they can’t eat unaided for a while.

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