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Re: America needs new technology...Well, here it is!!
Nice advance. I worked with guys froma company that made an earlier gen 3d printer, they did a lot of modeling for machine tooling. Back then (late 80's) they could take a 3d model from a cad system they had a tank filled with a liquid that would harden when exposed to a laser. It was a good way to check the clearances on modeled parts that weren't clear on a schematic.
This method is superior in a number of ways, The ability to model a number of parts in a single print is really nice (couldn't do that with the older tech). The ability to use color is real nice for engineers. The nicest part for engineers is the improvements in the scanning tech. The limitation is the size of the components that can be modeled. Back then a 3d printer ran well over 100k and more for larger units.
I worked with a customer from Remington Arms, they had a guy who would design the gun stocks for their rifles, the guy was over 60 at the time (early 90's), he would carve the gun stocks from wood by hand, beautifully balanced. Remington wanted to mass produce his hand built gun stocks, the idea was to scan the hand made stock and use the data to program the milling machine to manufacture the stock. The problem at the time was normalizing the data the hand made stock might be off by a couple of ten thousands of an inch the computer for the cnc didn't know how to deal with that. The scanner used in this vid was very impressive and it looks like it could solve this problem. Wonder if the printer can produce larger parts and can it interface the parts into cnc programs?
Thanks for the vid PR.
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