Originally Posted by Helios
Don't hold your breath. The majority of 3D printing technologies on the market have severe limitations over standard manufacturing methods.
For now - but that's mostly because most folks can't predict (myself included) how new techniques develop that wipe away the old techniques. Think about when the first steel
structured high rise was constructed. No one thought it could be done. The company had to come up with a whole new method of manufacturing. Think about how they build carbon fiber parts.
Forget about what is a problem - all problems can be solved
. Don't even think about cost. Its been my experience that cost doesn't matter if the solution is (a)viable (b)needed bad enough - somehow the money
Like I said, we start with a vision of what we CAN do now and build on it as the technology develops. I see no reason the entire interior
could not be built with 3d printed plastics. Forget about durability - we are talking prototypes here. The materials that can be printed may not be strong enough to build everything but they certainly plausible for quite a bit. Forget about the materials issue as they will develop and the price
will drop as the technology matures.
Can anyone explain to me why a hella fan (not including the engine
of course) cannot be printed by a 3d printer? What's special about a hella fan?
How about a kitchen sink? What's so special about that.
What about a lighting
fixture, a faucet, shelving?
Why not the interior
None of these have to be especially durable. If they break you melt them down and print another one.
Everyone here is so focused on the technology they forget about who has the expertise to do it and what processes need to be followed to bring it to fruition... not that I am saying that this discussion is anything more than that.
Hm... here is a 3d printer that prints laminate paper. I'm guessing you could spray resin into cabosil.