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Amazing 3D Printer in Action-makes a wrench: (truly the future will change fast)

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posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 08:06 AM
A wrench? I'm sure I saw a car that was printed out on the news last year. There was a story done recently about a woman's new jawbone done by printer too. If they can print out bones, and grow skin and other stuff in labs, just think of the future for amputees etc. It's genius.

But they must share this stuff with the people. I'm sure they got their project monies from them in the first place.

posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 08:11 AM
Maybe this technique is a for-runner of Startrecks "beam -me -up technology"., Now that they can make incredible objects. A few hundred years from now, they might be able to duplicate a person then send it to another country to another planet and wham your there. Such as a fax machine. If a fax machine can send messages to any location around the world. Why not objects like a wrench, eventually a human. Not saying anytime soon but "beam me up technology" seems a possibility in the future.

It is just a matter of once the body and all it's inner parts are perfectly duplicated. They have to learn how to separate the soul to the new body such as people claiming even today they can leave their bodyl

posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 08:46 AM
I have worked on advanced fighter aircraft while in the Air Force. I have seen some amazing types of technology during my short time on this spinning rock. I have a BS in (M)anagement of (I)nformation (S)ystems. I can program in at least eight different type of computer code. I was a professor teaching different subject matter pertaining to Microsoft Server and Operating Systems. I'm not gloating here, I just wanted to give a little background to show that I am at the minimum competent when speaking about computer technology.

This is an amazing piece of technology on many levels. Some comments on here say that this is a hoax because there is no way for the wrench to be scanned on the inside. That is completely illogical because it is the same material throughout the printed object. The scan looks to be 2D, but notice that wrench is raised up on the table it is being scanned on. This allows for shadowing in the 2D scanned image. It is mathematically possible to render a 3D image from 2D by analyzing the shadowing. The reason that the duplicate wrench functions is because of the resin used. There are a lot of different resins that exist that are very strong in torsion, tensile and shear strengths. Therefore, it is highly possible that the wrench is a good substitute to the original concerning usability and it probably weighs less too. Just my educated guess on this. Truly amazing!

posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 08:49 AM

Originally posted by wigit
There was a story done recently about a woman's new jawbone done by printer too.

Yep, I heard a story about a man having this done with a part of his skull after an accident. It shortend the surgery from 10 hours to about 2 hours. That means the brain was exposed for significantly less time. This technology looks very promising indeed!

posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 08:55 AM
reply to post by choos

I read about this device a wile back. You can put in a select few different compounds. Like to make a wrench you have to use one that is very strong and if your just wanting a little nick-nack then you can use the softer stuff. as far as copywriters yes this thing can go around it. how i think it will be handled is copywriters or licences will be inbeded into the blue print i think .not sure though.
BTW LOL at the guy who thinks this is alien tech
the device is ready to use right now but the stuff you place to form the 3d object is pricey esp if you want something that will be strong enough to use as a wrench. only thing left for this device to do now i think is to have the stuff you use to make the object recycle as in make a 9/16 wrench then when your done melt it down and make something else out of the old 9/16th wrench maybe make a Obama bouncy head. out of it then darn i need a 9/16th agian melt down the head and make your wrench..
The waste alone would be worth it never see a broken tool in the trash again?

posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 09:35 AM

Originally posted by Samsquanch
Meh, until I can go up to one and order tea, Earl Grey, hot, I won't be impressed.

Thats a thought, to do that we would literally have to map and code everything, its possible and thats exiting

posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 09:40 AM
Can you say "teleportation?"

posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 09:45 AM
Well I have never heard of this.Imagine this device after say 20 years developement.

posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 09:45 AM
3D Printers HAVE been around since the 90's, but at the time it was a technology called Stereo Lithography. If I recall correctly it was a vat of goo and intersecting lasers that solidified the resin.

The parts were plastic and weren't perfect but it was imminently useful for testing a molded plastic part before investing thousands in a mold. Very cool and VERY expensive, the large multinational corporation I was working for at the time had exactly one.

3D printers have come a long way, today's tech is far beyond the SLA days.

posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 10:55 AM

Originally posted by MainLineThis
Yes, tech has been around for a while, but it will and is going to get better. Imagine watching an infomercial in the middle of the night and clicking on "buy it now".....

Of course, piracy of everything digital will hold the distribution of this technology back, but we'll eventually get there as soon as the entitlement pukes learn the facts of life.

Posted Via ATS Mobile:

Which entitlement pukes? The ones who think they are entitled make any damned thing they want, or the ones who think they are entitled to keep others from making any damned thing they want?

posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 11:01 AM

Originally posted by operation mindcrime
reply to post by anon72

Amazing technology!!

But strrong is this composite material? Strong enough to replicate....let's say.... weapons?


Hey, operation mindcrime! Long time no talk to!

I would think it depends on the weapon you want to make. Firearms probably not, since the chamber pressures would likely exceed the material strength. Other sorts are a definite possibility. For example I have an array of gadgetry made of phenolics to evade metal detectors that are very effective and could be printed out in one of these gizmos given the right component materials.

posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 11:02 AM
First off.

The process was shortened in some ways to make the tech look further along than it is. Notice the scanned wrench and the printed wrench. They are totally different. Yes you can scan something like this in no problem but the inside of the part cannot be scanned like shown. The wrench that was printed was in all honesty a 'demo' part from the printer manufacturer. They would have had someone model it on a computer including the inner workings.

This tech is advancing fast but will never end up in peoples homes.
Dentist offices, design studios etc yes.
I work in this field and know the limitations of the machines and how expensive they are. They are much cheaper in recent years but way outside the budget of the average person. Its not a fast process either.
Injection moulding and the such are still kings when it comes to manufacturing product and parts en-mass.

Its fun to see and it ignites the imagination but its still in its infancy i'm afraid.
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posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 11:15 AM

Originally posted by wigit
A wrench? I'm sure I saw a car that was printed out on the news last year. There was a story done recently about a woman's new jawbone done by printer too. If they can print out bones, and grow skin and other stuff in labs, just think of the future for amputees etc. It's genius.

But they must share this stuff with the people. I'm sure they got their project monies from them in the first place.

The printed jawbone was made from titanium powder.

posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 11:19 AM
wow! and after reading the thread, hearing that this tech as been around for many years, i'm surprised we dont hear or see more about it. this is the first ive heard of it

amazing...but of course i sit and wonder how far this tech has gotten behind the closed doors...

'cup of earl gray, hot'

posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 11:25 AM
Holy crap! No kidding, they seriously COULD build space stations in a computer and 'print' them in space multiple times to create networks module type systems. The tech has to be close to being able to replicate/print circuit boards...they just need to dial in that 40 micron variance down to 0 and play with the resin compounds to simulate different elements; silicon, copper, nickel, gold, etc.

posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 11:28 AM
I want one.

Imagine it in 20 years...

posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 11:38 AM
It's been around for awhile. Here is an entire prop engine that was printed in 2009:

AutoDesk and Stratasys Turbo-Prop

Just like other printers, this will become more affordable over time. Imagine how nice it would be to simply print out the car parts you need, instead of paying hundreds of dollars each time.

posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 11:41 AM

We’re going to need a lot of tools as we expand into space – to build and maintain space stations and craft. However, the problem of how to replace tools should they break has always been a worry. After all, it’s quite an undertaking to fly them into orbit. But now scientists believe astronauts will be able to build unlimited replacements – simply by printing them.

Pick your poison....You either fly replacement tools into space, or you fly the raw material to manufacture the tool. In fact, you need MORE volume of the raw material than whatever it is you're going to make....and it has a shelf life....and it often requires some pre and post processing equipment besides the machine that makes the parts....the list goes on.

In the amazing film a huge adjustable wrench is first of all scanned into a computer, down to the accuracy of 40 microns – slightly less than the width of a human hair.

40 microns? Woooo! Amazing! That's a whole thousandth and a half of an inch! Too bad things like bearings and other "precision" type parts require fits in the ten thousandths and even smaller range, which is an order of magnitude or two better than the capability of this kind of process.

Don't get me wrong, it's definitely cool tech which has come a long way since it first appeared in the 90's, and has multitudes of valuable uses, but we're a LONG LONG WAY from printing real machines with the same capabilities as the ones we currently manufacture "old school", yo.

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posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 12:47 PM
I went to a fair at Georgia Tech that was displaying this technology -- the material seemed pretty fragile though the shapes could be used to make molds. As far as a wrench - I have broken forged steel wrenches -- Im not sure how a resin wrench would work -- particularly a big one -- big bolts tend to be tight bolts.

posted on Mar, 21 2012 @ 12:57 PM
There is some trickery (or at least questionable editing) done in the video. David Kaplan (who is featured in the video) explains:

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