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    Cool Sci-Fi Future Is Nigh: Dad Builds Son 3-D Printed Prosthetic Hand for $10
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    Shirking $30,000 in medical fees for a traditional prosthetic hand, videographer Paul McCarthy built a multi-colored “Robohand” for his twelve-year-old son using a friend’s 3-D printer. McCarthy says he spent, “Five, maybe, ten bucks.”

    The boy, 12-year-old Leon McCarthy, was born without fingers on his left hand. Once he turned ten, Paul started searching for an inexpensive and functional prosthetic alternative.

    What he found changed his son’s life. A YouTube video by Washington-based special effects artist and puppeteer, Ivan Owen, shows the results of the artist's collaborative effort to build a Robohand for a disabled boy in South Africa. Like McCarthy, Owen was not an engineer, computer scientist, or doctor. However, he was passionate about helping to develop affordable, DIY prosthetics. In an interview with CBS News, Owen said:

    "'I’ve always had this vision of people being able to build their own prosthetic device at home.'"

    To help him accomplish this goal, MakerBot, a firm that produces 3-D printing equipment, offered Owen and his South African design partner, Richard Van As, free printers. From there, Owen and Van As honed the Robohand and posted the design and instructions for free download on Thingiverse, a website for sharing digital designs.

    According to NPR, once the McCarthy’s discovered Owens’ video and the Robohand instructions, they decided to make one for Leon:

    "Printing the parts (using a friend's borrowed 3-D printer) was easy, the two say. But it took them a month to figure out how to string, screw and bolt together what they describe as the 'Frankenstein' version. It's still a work in progress, they say, but several weeks ago, Leon wore it to school for a tryout.

    'I'm able to hold a pencil and piece of paper,' Leon says. 'I've done a lot more than I ever thought I could, so it's opened up a lot of new doors in my life.'"

    Van As is now raising money through a crowdfunding site to build more Robohands for disabled children at no cost to their families. In the meantime, the latest version of Robohand is available for free download – and the materials cost just $5.

    While many are lauding these developments as an awesome way to revolutionize healthcare and DIY projects, some are concerned that lobbyists and politicians may try to stop their proliferation. In Forbes:

    "Because a 3D printer can make perfect replicas of many kinds of object, manufacturers may seek to brand it a 'piracy machine' and demand additional measures to protect their traditional way of doing business. Mr Weinberg worries that they may behave rather like the record industry did when its own business model—based on selling pricey CD albums that few music fans wanted, instead of cheap single tracks they craved—came under attack from Napster and other file-swapping networks."

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    As yes, the new America, where we try to hold back amazing technologies and breakthroughs that will benefit mankind so that certain companies can make more money.
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    there was a recent article that talked about a company that was developing a system that printed underpants.

    In 3 seconds you get a custom fitted pair of panties. And they say that the technology would eventually allow for the printing of a custom fitted suit.

    Think about this.....clothing takes a lot of space for manufacturing and employs many people in sweatshops.

    This would render those sweatshops obsolete. if they can get the cost per item including manufacturing, shipping warehousing, loss, etc down, you would just go into a store that perhaps carried one of each item they carried in every size, you would try it on to see if you liked it and if you did, they would scan and print you a custom outfit on the spot.

    think about what the loss of the textile industry did to many towns in the southern us when manufacturing moved to asia

    think about the loss of jobs all along the entire chain in the clothing industry.

    3 d printing is going to change the world in a way that no other technology has since electricity

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    The sex industry has to get a hold of this. 3D printed dildos are on their way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    there was a recent article that talked about a company that was developing a system that printed underpants.

    In 3 seconds you get a custom fitted pair of panties. And they say that the technology would eventually allow for the printing of a custom fitted suit.

    Think about this.....clothing takes a lot of space for manufacturing and employs many people in sweatshops.

    This would render those sweatshops obsolete. if they can get the cost per item including manufacturing, shipping warehousing, loss, etc down, you would just go into a store that perhaps carried one of each item they carried in every size, you would try it on to see if you liked it and if you did, they would scan and print you a custom outfit on the spot.

    think about what the loss of the textile industry did to many towns in the southern us when manufacturing moved to asia

    think about the loss of jobs all along the entire chain in the clothing industry.

    3 d printing is going to change the world in a way that no other technology has since electricity
    seems to me plastic underwear (or even outerwear) would be quite itchy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    there was a recent article that talked about a company that was developing a system that printed underpants.

    In 3 seconds you get a custom fitted pair of panties. And they say that the technology would eventually allow for the printing of a custom fitted suit.

    Think about this.....clothing takes a lot of space for manufacturing and employs many people in sweatshops.

    This would render those sweatshops obsolete. if they can get the cost per item including manufacturing, shipping warehousing, loss, etc down, you would just go into a store that perhaps carried one of each item they carried in every size, you would try it on to see if you liked it and if you did, they would scan and print you a custom outfit on the spot.

    think about what the loss of the textile industry did to many towns in the southern us when manufacturing moved to asia

    think about the loss of jobs all along the entire chain in the clothing industry.

    3 d printing is going to change the world in a way that no other technology has since electricity
    I just don't agree with any argument to hold back technological advances in order to preserve jobs.

    Maybe I am missunderstanding you, but if we had that kind of thinking throughout our history we wouldn't have even invented the wheel yet. Or we would have invented it but decided not to use it as it would put the walking stick vendor out of business.
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    I work with 3D printers all the time, we use them to simulate plastics design, they're amazing.

    I know some companies actually use them to make production parts that go into your cars, usually it's something small and maybe it's a replacement part or something but it happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    I just don't agree with any argument to hold back technological advances in order to preserve jobs.

    Maybe I am missunderstanding you, but if we had that kind of thinking throughout our history we wouldn't have even invented the wheel yet. Or we would have invented it but decided not to use it as it would put the walking stick vendor out of business.
    Walter Williams gives a great, simple example about this. We could have saved the jobs of all the ice men in America back in the day. They were nice fellows who, like the milk man, delivered ice to your home for your ice box.

    But all that would have done is delay the refrigerator, which is better for everybody. And it takes people (read: jobs) to design, build, deliver, sell, and fix them. So it's actually a net plus in jobs and they tend to be higher paying.

    I feel like using real-life examples makes people realize, if they're smart, how silly it is to delay technology for saving jobs. I went on to research this further, and some of the major ice companies survived because they changed to commercial ice delivery. So everybody wins.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bad to the Bone View Post
    I work with 3D printers all the time, we use them to simulate plastics design, they're amazing.

    I know some companies actually use them to make production parts that go into your cars, usually it's something small and maybe it's a replacement part or something but it happens.
    Yes, Adam Carolla talks on his podcast often of calling up Jay Leno for this. Leno has lots of cars they no longer make parts for, and he has a big 3D printing system at his car warehouse because of this. When Carolla needs a part, he calls up Jay and his guys make one. Pretty amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    I just don't agree with any argument to hold back technological advances in order to preserve jobs.

    Maybe I am missunderstanding you, but if we had that kind of thinking throughout our history we wouldn't have even invented the wheel yet. Or we would have invented it but decided not to use it as it would put the walking stick vendor out of business.
    yes you are misunderstanding me. All I'm saying is this will be the biggest thing to change how some products are produced since electricity and there will be enormous changes in the labor force....sweatshop labor will be eliminated and probably replaced with something much better

    think about it, these machines will not just take the place of manufacturing jobs, but everything all along the supply-manufacture-warehouse-delivery path


    for some products waste will be eliminated...so much product that is manufactured goes to waste and never makes it to the consumer...damaged manufacturers "seconds" damaged in transport, or during storage or as unsold merch.

    I think about bookstores that have an espresso book machine. For those of us who still like physical books you walk into a bookstore and request a book they punch the name of the book in and the espresso prints a book in a matter of minutes..cover and all, indistinguishable from the trade paperback that would have come from the publisher..to the warehouse...to the distributor..to the shipper...to the bookstore

    but it's right there in your hands within moments of requesting it...not in digital form but a "real" book. The bookstore didn't waste a penny or a moment getting it to you. no waste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine97(Version 2) View Post
    Walter Williams gives a great, simple example about this. We could have saved the jobs of all the ice men in America back in the day. They were nice fellows who, like the milk man, delivered ice to your home for your ice box.

    But all that would have done is delay the refrigerator, which is better for everybody. And it takes people (read: jobs) to design, build, deliver, sell, and fix them. So it's actually a net plus in jobs and they tend to be higher paying.

    I feel like using real-life examples makes people realize, if they're smart, how silly it is to delay technology for saving jobs. I went on to research this further, and some of the major ice companies survived because they changed to commercial ice delivery. So everybody wins.



    Yes, Adam Carolla talks on his podcast often of calling up Jay Leno for this. Leno has lots of cars they no longer make parts for, and he has a big 3D printing system at his car warehouse because of this. When Carolla needs a part, he calls up Jay and his guys make one. Pretty amazing.
    well you have to have math data to feed into the computer.....I guess jay could call up a company and have them send him some math to feed into the system...or he could have spent a few 100 thousand dollars for a scanner, lol.

    it's still an involved process.

    usually ony parts that are very, very complicated and are going to be used in a limited capacity are produced this way, usually in automotive (from my experience) it's a process that is simple used for prototypes and stuff like that.

    I had a part made up the other day, it was a 2.5mm plastic part, it was about 250mm long and probably 100mm wide, it took about 5 hours to make. we use ABS (which is a plastic kind of a substance) it sprays a layer of powder down, a laser comes along and passes over the powder, heating it up and fusing it to the layer underneath it, then when it's done you have to clean any excess off, because we deal with such small surfaces the machine sometimes can't get the detail we need.

    I've seen them run with paper (same process but the final product is like a wood carving) and with metal...the metal is bad ass but i don't know the process for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad to the Bone View Post
    well you have to have math data to feed into the computer.....I guess jay could call up a company and have them send him some math to feed into the system...or he could have spent a few 100 thousand dollars for a scanner, lol.

    it's still an involved process.

    usually ony parts that are very, very complicated and are going to be used in a limited capacity are produced this way, usually in automotive (from my experience) it's a process that is simple used for prototypes and stuff like that.

    I had a part made up the other day, it was a 2.5mm plastic part, it was about 250mm long and probably 100mm wide, it took about 5 hours to make. we use ABS (which is a plastic kind of a substance) it sprays a layer of powder down, a laser comes along and passes over the powder, heating it up and fusing it to the layer underneath it, then when it's done you have to clean any excess off, because we deal with such small surfaces the machine sometimes can't get the detail we need.

    I've seen them run with paper (same process but the final product is like a wood carving) and with metal...the metal is bad ass but i don't know the process for that.
    From what I understand, Jay has a staff dedicated to this. Jay doesn't do it; his "guys" at the shop do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine97(Version 2) View Post
    From what I understand, Jay has a staff dedicated to this. Jay doesn't do it; his "guys" at the shop do.
    hey, he's got the money so more power to him.

    just seems to me it would be a gigantic pain the ass.

    really, you need a pretty high end CAD software to model the stuff up to begin with, trust me even that little plastic piece on the side of your seat is a pain in the ass to model up especially when you get into A surface design (they start talking about surface continuity and reflection lines and all that good stuff)....

    oh, well....good for jay leno I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sickman View Post
    The sex industry has to get a hold of this. 3D printed dildos are on their way.
    Honestly, I fully expected that's what this thread was going to be about...
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