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Personal Fabrication

Micah

Active Member
I was listening to NPR today and they had a really fascinating discussion on this new thing called a Fab Lab. (Listen to the Interview here)

The discussion got a little above my head and I'm not entirely clear what the devil it is but it sounds like (and is described as) the precurser to a Star Trek style replicator.

Being that we're all DIYers and tinkerers I thought the folks here would get a kick out of this.

Here's a link to the guys book as well - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/046502745...glance&n=283155
 

Squintz

Senior Member
Me also, But listening to these guys makes it sound like Fag Lab. This guy sounds like one of the FAB 5. But there was an article a while back in a magazine that I read.
 

huggy59

Active Member
Here's more info about it. It's called stereolithography, and it's been around for years. Industries use the resin-cured systems to create prototypes that can then be used to create a mold, etc. Even the milling machine that Orange County Choppers uses for custom parts and wheel machining is in this group. Want one on your desk? It's just another (expensive) peripheral, like a printer or plotter... hehehe

http://www.ennex.com/~fabbers/publish/1997...inDirection.asp

http://www.wohlersassociates.com/mr.html


I'll take one! Starting at only $12,900 or so...
 

TonyNo

Active Member
Adding, here is the site of a company that produces models like SLA's, but in color! They have a video that shows the printer running, but you don't get to see that much. There is a nice sample page of things they have printed.
 

JohnWPB

Active Member
It is a pretty kewl technology! I saw an interview/test of the system on TV a few weeks back. They laser scanned an Oscar trophy in New York, emailed it to LA and printed it out in full scale and color.

Squintz said:
listening to these guys makes it sound like Fag Lab. This guy sounds like one of the FAB 5

Shew Squintz... that was kinda' harsh. My mottow is live and let live, the last thing we want to do on this board is to offend someone.
 
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