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Post 3D printing = supercheap labware
Say i had access to a 3D printer that could print in a variety of plastics including HPDE. metal parts and software excluded, i believe that it would be possible to make most of the parts of currently extremely expensive labware.

What would be some of the labware we could build DIY style with a 3D printing machine. What machines or labware would be on high demand if it were openly available for cheap?

think outside the box :). get back to me, i have a feeling this is going to open up alot of doors for people.


Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:17 am
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Post Re: 3D printing = supercheap labware
My first thought was "3D printing is very expensive"... but probably still less expensive than a lot of equipment you could make with it.

It'd depend on the equipment, I guess. Remember that you'll need to be careful if you're going commercial using patented equipment you've copied exactly to create your product; I don't know what the laws are there.


Sun Apr 04, 2010 2:51 pm
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Post Re: 3D printing = supercheap labware
I have seen the results of opensource 3d printers (makerbot/reprap) last year at the c3. They were really unsatisfying. I don't think the technology is ready for that, at least not yet.

May have only seen bad examples though, I'll try to get a look at some of the stuff at this years c3.

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Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:41 pm
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Post Re: 3D printing = supercheap labware
Well, well, well...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12507034 :wink:


Tue Feb 22, 2011 3:01 am
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Now check this out:



Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:38 am
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Yeah, Dr. Atala was also on TED lectures. He has printed a bladder for one of his patients, and apparently it worked quite well. I wonder how he prints vasculature into the kidney...


Sat Mar 12, 2011 6:59 am
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