What happened to 3d printing? It was about to revolutionize everything a couple of years ago but nothing happened.

What happened to 3d printing?
It was about to revolutionize everything a couple of years ago but nothing happened.
All I see people using it for is printing funko pops, small trinkets and maybe some simple plastic adapters

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Only labor and thought matters

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I generally am getting away from digital electronics and moving towards analog, anyway as a guy who deeply into that stuff it would never, and probably will never catch on for the masses because 1. It requires a modicum of skill to upkeep it and or create 3d models 2. Powers that be don't like anything that is decentralized (i.e the few people who can can make actual useful things shekelwitz has no control over).
    As for firearm production, it can be done but its laborious and plastic is still pretty weak (honestly just learning to sculpt and metal cast will let you make things far faster than 3D printing will).

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Powers that be
      Stopped reading right there, you are a purebred cuckold.
      The only powers there are is your rights as an American and your willingness to die to defend those rights

      Rest of your post is disregarded

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It did come somewhat close to becoming mainstream until the AI boom came around, especially with ChatGPT being publicly available

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    too slow for mass production
    Not cheap enough as a "print silverware on demand" type consumer appliance
    Too large tolerances for precision applications

    Really all they are good for are building prototypes and funkopops

    And lets be real how many people are making fricking prototypes of things

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      It's not the expense as much as it is the learning curve. It's not so simple to get it just right, especially if you want to make something new yourself. Then you basically have to learn CAD or some other 3D modeling method.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Turns out we don't actually need rapid prototyping which was the whole argument. Now it's just a workshop tool for hobbyists.

      thats their primary function
      they are awesome for custom tooling/jigs needs too
      they aren't end product capable, at least the home versions
      industrial ones can print injection mold quality

    • 1 month ago
      Sage

      I reproduced this gear for a lawn mower that was discontinued.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    3D printing is like AI or being a homo, it's just a passing phase. You know how people just LOVE to jump on whatever bandwagon the israelite places in front of them...

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It did revolutionize a lot
    It's just most normies have nothing creative to make.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah, this is the truth. It can be useful for anyone who cares to learn about prepping and energy productions as well. But that also requires an intellectual capacity above normie level. I’ve used my 3d printer to make turbine components and aqua ponics components. So where there is creativity, this is a tool, but tools do not make someone who chooses not to be creative to suddenly develop that side of their intellect. Creative people a are weirdos, normies don’t typically like us right away.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >aquaponics
        Enjoy your microplastics/resin cancer

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    good for making sand molds.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    kind of shit, not strong enough, slow, and the machines are always broken or not printing reliably.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    There people printing electric motors and attaching them to small aircraft drones.
    You can also print gun, which is very cool. At least where I'm from, you can't buy them from IKEA.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Nobody is using 3d printed guns lol

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Actually Black folk are using them.
        They will be the reason you wont be allowed to.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          This is a bold-faced lie. Statistics on "ghost guns" include all guns missing serial numbers, including those that have just been filed off.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >bold-faced

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Bald-faced is absolutely moronic.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            yeah, ghost guns have been around the whole time. any milsurp had the serial number filed off, there are tons of 'ghost-guns' out there, 3dp just gave the feds an angle for crying about them

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Holy frick, ghost guns don't exist.

            Guns didn't even require serial numbers until about 1980, and everyone has the constitutional right to make their own guns, and those don't need serial numbers to this day.
            Gun serial numbers are a meme too, so many have the exact same number that the registry is impossible to sort out. The registry is also full of incomplete numbers.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I never said ghost guns, 3d printed guns.
            They are buying 3d printed guns but they arent the ones making them.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        There is a whole subcommunity of 3d printed firearms.
        Some are meant to be printed almost wholly and use little specific firearm parts, while others are just meant to bypass receiver rules.
        Either way, the shit has exploded as fiber filled polymers are easily printed now

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          this guy gets it.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I'd rather build a copy of the pipe gun that killed president Abe in Japan, than print something out of plastic.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Laughs in Burmese

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah Burma has entire armies using 3d printed guns, for anyone who cares to look into it

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Turns out we don't actually need rapid prototyping which was the whole argument. Now it's just a workshop tool for hobbyists.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    There's always a 3dp thread going.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      thanks anon.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    if you're a consoomer with zero talent for making stuff, it didn't change your life.

    people who make stuff added one to their toolbox and find all sorts of way to use it. I use mine for printing jigs for woodwork.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      So small adapters like I mentioned in the OP gotcha

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        jigs aren't small adaptors you fricking moron

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          They are adapters objectively and are small most of the time. So yeah you are wrong and moronic

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >So yeah you are wrong and moronic
            Agreed on both points.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Not political

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I think you have to look at emerging tech, such as Nano Dimensions or Stratasys. The industry is a lot of smaller companies, but there must be some industry acquisitions soon.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I print all kind of cool stuff. You're just a Black person.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      The point of the thread isn't that autistic morons use it for their niche hobbies. The point is that it didn't revolutionize anything as it promised

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        That's because we're still dealing with PLA and resin printers, but look at something like Nndms Dragonfly..

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >NDMN
          >israeli based
          Who’s tech did they steal?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        There are companies using 3d printing for military applications.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Can you print a baby Roshan

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >What happened to 3d printing?
    Nothing it's still being used and advancing. Do you expect to be breaking news every day?

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    media tends to hype things a frick ton, but nowadays pretty much very artisan or small shop has one, they're incredibly useful. They have pretty much revolutionized every hobby that actually involves physical things.

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >It was about to revolutionize everything
    You fell for ads, moron.

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Its 80-90% of the way there. There are awesome materials and printers but they are expensive and not user friendly. Houses are starting to be 3d printed. Dentures are being 3d printed. Normies want a device where they hit a button and get what they want. Probably another 10 years before it’s affordable and easy.

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    the quality of the finished product is shitty and it's way too finicky requiring too much autism to use for normies to ever adopt.
    i'm guessing it's because it was all hijacked by chinks, so there aren't any europeans in the business to advance the state of the art.

    • 1 month ago
      Sage

      I think the right think to do is

      FLM for the prototype
      SLS for the mold
      Injection molding for production.

      The biggest problem 3D printing has though is that I have yet to see a a 5 or even 6-axis printing machine that is affordable and there is no slicing software for that isn't super expensive.

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >nothing happened
    yeah if you're a fricking spectator moron. the rest of us have been designing and building.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      There is a whole subcommunity of 3d printed firearms.
      Some are meant to be printed almost wholly and use little specific firearm parts, while others are just meant to bypass receiver rules.
      Either way, the shit has exploded as fiber filled polymers are easily printed now

      this guy gets it.

      came to post this, I don't think there's any other 3d printing community that comes close to the US gun guys in terms of innovation.
      Maybe the drone/RC/rocket communities?

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Its intended purpose is for prototyping before manufacturing
    But China owns the manufacturing process
    You can pour your money in marketing, consumer studies, pricing, etc but you would still end up in the negative when China fricks you over.

  23. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Tech comes in waves. The next wave might be decades off but will be bigger.

  24. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >expensive
    >can only make cheap shitty plastic junk half the time
    >who knows what operating it does to your health
    plastic is fricking stupid. just do wood work and keep trees growing.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      you're a dumb Black person. you are the dumbest blackest gorilla Black person I've ever seen.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        yeah no one's into your nerf projects son... learn to whittle.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          it's nerf or nothin, you fricking queer.

  25. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Most machines are garbage and the market of people who need to 3d print something functional is miniscule.

  26. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It is being used by all branches of the US Military, fyi

  27. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >printed houses
    Nothing will replace stacking bricks/planks, the construction technology is already perfected.
    >printed guns exploding
    In their maker's hands.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      There is a whole subcommunity of 3d printed firearms.
      Some are meant to be printed almost wholly and use little specific firearm parts, while others are just meant to bypass receiver rules.
      Either way, the shit has exploded as fiber filled polymers are easily printed now

      this guy gets it.

      >nothing happened
      yeah if you're a fricking spectator moron. the rest of us have been designing and building.

      Are you guys aware of the fully plastic no primer caseless electrically ignited pump action firearm?

      %3D

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I am now thanks

      • 1 month ago
        Sage

        How about suicide micro drones ? A firearm that fires only once is fine too.

        You can do state-of-the-art stuff in this domain right now with what's available on github. And it's psychologically devastative on the ennemy.

  28. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It's slow and doesn't produce a professional, durable and finished end-product. The resin is brittle and doesn't perform or look as nice as formed plastics.

    It's only good for tiny batches of things and prototypes. Going up in production scale, it almost always makes since to cast parts into molds.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Going up in production scale, it almost always makes since to cast parts into molds.
      you can make a lot of molds using a 3d printer. artist i know makes endless molds for wax and makes custom shaped candles/sculptures of peoples homes/pets/etc.

  29. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    fdm is a massive waste of energy and everyone is afraid of getting cancer from sla

  30. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Seems like you aren't paying attention. About a year ago Chinese company came out with a revolutionary 3D printer that costs around $1K and can do the same stuff and quality levels commercial printers costing $15K can do. It's also 3X faster than your regular 3D printer.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >BambuLabs
      they are also at the forefront of idiot-proofing them too, they understand the american consumer desire for plastic junk and trinkets. you can literally download models and print stuff using a BambuLabs printer solely using your phone. they've made it so easy a child can do it.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Seems like you aren't paying attention. About a year ago Chinese company came out with a revolutionary 3D printer that costs around $1K and can do the same stuff and quality levels commercial printers costing $15K can do. It's also 3X faster than your regular 3D printer.

        Can I use it without a hecking phone/connection or is it all cloud based? Because it feels like it and then I don't want it. Seemed got otherwise.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >Can I use it without a hecking phone/connection or is it all cloud based? Because it feels like it and then I don't want it. Seemed got otherwise.
          yes you can use it with traditional pc software like any other 3d printer too.

          you can design something on your PC and send it to the printer. you can then use your phone to check status of print while out of the house(some even have cameras so u can watch/timelapse the print). the app is more supplemental than mandatory.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        They kept going. Picrel is a $1500 printer that can do more than a $60,000 printer from 10 years ago. CAD is becoming more accessible too.

        [...]
        Can I use it without a hecking phone/connection or is it all cloud based? Because it feels like it and then I don't want it. Seemed got otherwise.

        yes, they can be used in LAN-only mode, and you can use open source firmware on them

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      they definitely are not capable of 'commercial' printing, they are faster than like a 300 dollar ender though
      quality is no better, its still filament and the limiting factor is the material itself, not the machine
      'commercial grade shit is like SLS, Multijet Fusion which is close to injection mold quality

      nothing FDM based is close to that, no matter how expensive the machine is

  31. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The west deindustrialized so there was no need to print anything anymore. Just order it from China and consoom

  32. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It was always (ALWAYS) for prototyping or complex geometry.
    You had to be moronic to think
    > It was about to revolutionize everything

  33. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    look at all this shit i can make out of plastic

    meanwhile a guy with a welder is more productive than a team of nerds with a room full of 3d printers

  34. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It's not like you can make something useful with it like a broken part for your car

  35. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
  36. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    it's fricking stupid i hate 3d printers. I started 3D printing in an engineering group 12 years ago. It is useful for us, but we end up getting better stuff like table top routers which can make the same kind of stuff we use the 3d printer for. But way faster, higher build quality, and better materials. I cringe every time I see 1 of these youtube maker channels use 3D printed parts for all their components. It's disgusting and sad and starves us of a real "maker community".

  37. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Not as much popular interest as initially expected but the designers are still at it and my favourite one is the guy who made simple 3D printed guns and turned in said guns to police for good profit (some sort of scheme going on for taking guns off the street and assume his profit plan still goes on).

  38. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
  39. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i own 3 3d printers and worked for an artist who has over 100 3d printers of various types including ceramic, metal, and dozens of types of resin and platsics.

    they are getting simpler and simpler more idiot proof. but ya there isnt much use for them outside of artists/prototyping/making custom/bootleg warhammer miniature figures and/or manufacturing custom parts for very specific things if you are engineering anything.

    for creative types who want to design in 3d though..... 3d printers and AI are actually creating a golden age.

    if you have no creative desire to to print anything - they are useless - but if you do, they are probably the most fun tech toy you can get your hands on. especially if you are into modelling/miniatures/robotics/RC toys/etc.

    you can literally use a 3d printer + a ardunio + misc cheap parts and teach your kids to design and then program their own robot toys. think lego mindstorms but more.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >teach your kids to design and then program their own robot toys
      And the end goal should be teaching your kids to bring their ideas to market.
      But guess what, you just did 99% of the work for China and they will screw you over

      The Wood cutters are right, just make wood shit locally and sell it.

  40. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Its good if you like anime girls.... I use mine almost every day

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >no vegana modelled
      Into the trash it goes

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        The skirt is removable actually

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I take it back and kneel 3D-sama

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          ...stl? I didn't know snake girl vag was something I needed until now.

  41. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It was a junk technology pushed into mainstream hype by the people who invested in it. That’s it. That’s the story.

  42. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Regardless of what anyone thinks or says Terry Davis was the inventor of the 3-d printer. Not to mention he created is own complex God communicating operating system

  43. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    they suck for anything but printing plastic trinkets

  44. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    it's currently in the commercialization phase in manufacturing
    once the production processes become cheaper you'll see it everywhere

  45. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Transforming fine steel powder in our TRUMPF TruPrint 3000 metal 3D printer to print a hydraulic manifold. Designed using an algorithmic engineering approach by LEAP 71.

    • 1 month ago
      Sage

      Part price: 60,000k$, design not included

  46. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It lost popularity as the prints started failing when misused for structural or mechanical purposes.

  47. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Manufacturing will be moved from China back to North America. It’s becoming too expensive and inefficient to remain in China.
    In the near future small businesses will be given a licence to 3D an item that’s in demand.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >In the near future small businesses will be given a licence to 3D an item that’s in demand.
      Copyright is on the way out.

  48. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Kind of fun to play with for a while but after a few weeks you're left with a $1,000 paperweight.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I got a resin one from Anycubic for a little over $150. When I bought it I didn't realize the only software that came with it was a slicer and I would have to teach myself to use FreeCAD, but now I'm getting better at it and can make some good parts.

      • 1 month ago
        Sage

        Go for solvespace although it's a bit shitty at times.

        https://github.com/solvespace/solvespace

  49. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Autodesk keeps buying up any halfway decent software for modelling and trying to push their subscription bullshit where your models are stored on their servers. OpenCad has the most fricking awful interface and workflow, what do the rest of you use?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I use FreeCAD. It has some issues, but it seems to work. It can be very tempmental depending on the order in which you do things but it can do a lot.

  50. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Hyped up piece of shit like EVs where everyone gets drunk on the benefits on paper and overlook the torture involved in having infrastructure and supplies to use this shit quickly, cheaply and at scale. I'm such an expert on shit I can see through this shit in one second fricker sheeeiiit

  51. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I don;t use one because I am not smart enough to make money using one. I really want to buy an Inconel printer and put my welding ticket to good use, but I have no idea what people want.

  52. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I thought 3D printing was pretty popular?

  53. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    the simple truth is that all printers prior to 2023 were far too slow to be practical
    i had an ender 2, it sucked...slow, all sorts of weird problems that took hours of troubleshooting, etc.
    printers like the bambu p1s finally delivered on high speed, high reliability, and reasonable cost
    so now that we have fast printers, the next few years will be telling

  54. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I need something that can print more than 3 ft and all that is hella expensive

  55. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    3D printer people aren't allowed to enter the market because of monopolistic industry bosses.

  56. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Tight regulations (copyright wars too). There are a few fields in science that have amazing potential but are choked out by regulations - CRISPR, 3D Printing, Cloning, Stem cells etc.

    I believe A.I. (or machine learning) will face the same fate very soon.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >I believe A.I. (or machine learning) will face the same fate very soon.
      I dont know how to tell you this but the AI is already being run locally on my computer and you cant have it back.

  57. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You don't have to imagine having immense skill, and not being able to utilize such skill because the moral equivalent of a bratty kid is hogging all the resources.

  58. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Factorio multiplayer provides an indepth simulation example of what happens when an idiot occupies all the resources and leaves none for a skilled player.

    The skilled player cannot thrive, nor build an immense system because all resources are already being utilized by an inefficient unorganized mess.

  59. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Idk, I still have the nice one I bought not too long ago. If I need something, I plug it in and print up something I find online. If it's simple, I can just design it myself really quick. Also print random things for neighbors if they want it. Very useful.

  60. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i don't know how to 3d print, frick i hardly know how to drive a car but i believe in these guys. if you're making cool prepper shit you're not going to openly advertise it.

  61. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >3D printing
    Oh boy, more useless plastic crap and figurines.

  62. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It fell apart because rightwingers like to oversell shit they make from china
    Shits over 50 years now
    Like so many things, its a matter of serving that glorious white mans invention, capitalism
    Not about what is good for the rightwingers
    Oh wait, thats backwards

  63. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Google CTRLpew

    Print guns. Tell people you know how to print guns. Share printed guns with people online who print guns.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Tell people you know how to print guns
      hello agent

  64. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I print scaled prototypes with mine all the time. CAD and additive manufacturing are essentials in my tool box.
    t. product engineer

    If testing on the prototype is a success, depending on the application, have one machined for proposals and then my design gets passed along to a different set of engineers who effectively change what they can to maintain functionality of my designed product so that it can be mass-manufactured.

  65. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It was always meant for trinkets because it can't print iron or granite or wood, only plastic and plastic can't compete with steel tools or cogs etc.
    You can make handles for those at best

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Think again.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        No

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          ok, but you can print metal now chud.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >3d print metal
            I was about to buy a mill and lathe, partly to manufacture guns with, but also for general engineering and fabrication.

            Is a 3d metal printer a better investment?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            It has niche use. Invest in a mill and lathe

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            No you can't it's some shit metal from powder

  66. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    i use them all the time for rapid prototyping. it makes complicated shapes that require limited stress/strain to be made when coupled with simple machined parts.

    • 1 month ago
      Sage

      Also you can 3D print with interesting material. Like funny shaped rubber bands or plastic bearings (using iglidur).

  67. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    They're perfect for creating cheap untraceable pressurized pathogen dispersion capsules that cannot be detected by airport security in mine craft

    The ingenious part of these capsules is that they can be designed to crack open and disperse pathogens when a certain barometric threshold is attained due to pressure differences. meaning that pathogen is automatically dispersed when the plane reaches a certain altitude in mine craft.

    Very handy

  68. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Good for building guns. Feds hate it but it’s 100% glowgays

  69. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Every club and lab in my university has one, we do prototypes with 3d printers before moving on to the real thing.

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