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User avatar #21 - redrex (06/20/2014) [-]
I've never bothered to search it, but what material is the 3d printed stuff made out of and like, how sturdy is it?
User avatar #29 to #21 - MuffinMan (06/21/2014) [-]
Most will use ABS plastic, it's cheap, nontoxic, relatively durable, etc. more advanced or specialized ones can use metals and such.
User avatar #26 to #21 - zerrochi ONLINE (06/20/2014) [-]
As some one who had 2 3D printers in school (1 for art and one for tech (totally didn't steal them both for me and a friend in the tech set)) I can verify that the material on small scale is generally either ABS plastic or PLA plastic. The difference being the melting point and the relative strength of the object.
User avatar #24 to #21 - delio (06/20/2014) [-]
The material printed can vary from biological (current) to plastic (first) to even types of metal. The items printed are often at equal to or better quality than you would get from doing it the normal way. As a result it is not only cheaper but in the long run, more durable. Google china 3d prints homes and 3d space parts more durable.

It has be believed that with this technology, printing off hearts, lungs and other organs that are hard to come by will become relatively easy and only require and hour within the next several years. The militaries applications for this is are numerous in the fact that you can easily print US quality guns (some of the best assuming made in US) and even allow for more flexible customization. This in return means that in stead of standard issue, you will eventually be able to print a gun that fits your preference exactly for mear dollars.

As it stands the current and arguable last frontier is finding a way to print edible food. While there are scientists who say it is possible, many say that creating edible food is dangerous simply because now economies and nations no longer need to worry about producing large quantities of crop and other materials because they can just print it. In return they believe there will be a large shift of advancement in areas where food is hard to come by like africa. The printing of water however is impossible which means were still ****** on that part.

#71 to #24 - anon (06/21/2014) [-]
How do you print food? The whole point of 3d printing is that it makes specified shapes. Food is about taste and nutrition, not about shape.
#64 to #24 - anon (06/21/2014) [-]
Im pretty sure a 3d printer cannot just make food appear out od thin air. It will stil be necessary to put in food for the printer to print.
#31 to #24 - whitie (06/21/2014) [-]
about the water, why not just print an atmospheric water generator (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmospheric_water_generator) and/or a water purifier?
User avatar #38 to #31 - delio (06/21/2014) [-]
That would not work. The reason I say that is because if it turns water in the atmosphere in liquid water then it off sets natural balance. If that occurs, whether patterns not only get more violent but we could even see a massive shift in where rain water (if any) will fall after a certain amount of time.

Currently it is best if we continue with figuring out how to mine the water on the moon then astroids and or possibly other planets like mars/mercury (both have water buried underneath the surface.) Of course I am not an expert on this subject but no doubt very interesting.
User avatar #23 to #21 - mrblueftw (06/20/2014) [-]
I remember reading is some kind of plastic, I don't know about the strength though.
User avatar #27 to #23 - zerrochi ONLINE (06/20/2014) [-]
Often the print is going to be strong, of course depending on the plastic you use and the type of fill and the shape of the object you create
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