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Questions tagged [3d-printing]

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), refers to processes used to synthesize a three-dimensional object in which successive layers of material are formed under computer control to create an object.

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Is a printer a robot? [closed]

While formulating an answer to this question let us consider the parts and the function of the printer during its basic process. We tell the printer what we want it to do, "print this". The printer ...
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Polylactic acid - Can I drill into it?

For a school project, I'm creating a mechanical arm and I'm thinking about using a 3D printer to create some of the pieces. Obviously, This arm is dynamic, so I wanted to make the pieces as light as ...
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Can I simulate/test the model of a robot I am designing to be 3d printed?

I am currently working on the 3d model of a simple robot. However I have started to realize that some of the things/mechanisms might not work as I imagined. So is there any way that I can import the ...
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What's the term for 2 Dimensional tracks similar to the ones used on 3D printers?

I'm trying to do some research on a project that I'd like to work on. My problem is that I am doing a terrible job googling, because I don't know what this technology is called. Once I know what it'...
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Rostock Delta Robot 3D Printer Degrees of Freedom (DOF)

What is the degrees of freedom (DOF) of the Rostock delta robot 3d printer (delta mechanism that consists of three prismatic joints)? Here's the link to the delta mechanism I'm referring to: https://...
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What is the best way to attach a 3D printed part to a servo for robotics use?

I am trying to make custom parts that fit directly onto a servo. Doing this has proved more difficult than I've expected so far. I was hoping to avoid incorporating the provided servo horns into the ...
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Cost of material to 3D print [closed]

Can someone please share the typical cost of material to 3D print an object like a raspberry pi case? Thank you.
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How a 3d printer moves the header vertically in a MakerBot printer [closed]

I would like to know how the header in this MakerBot printer moves in the vertical up /down direction. Is there a detailed explanation of it including the parts involved?
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Is Venetian mirror possible in Autodesk Inventor? [closed]

I see there are things like glass and mirror in Autodesk Inventor Professional 2016 but is there a possibility to have Venetian mirror? So that from one side it would look like a mirror and from the ...
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3D scanner from Phone Camera

123D software can construct a 3D model from photos taken from your phone. It doesn't process the photos in your phone. Instead, it sends them to the cloud to create 3d model. How can i construct a 3d ...
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Turning an epilog laser into a 3d printer?

We have an epilog laser cutter around here and I was wondering if it would possibly work as a base for a 3d printer? Here is a Dropbox photo album of the laser cutter. I am thinking I will have to get ...
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Can ReplicatorG or MatterControl drive a RepRap RAMBo motherboard? [closed]

I'm fairly new to 3D printing. I'm considering motherboards I might use to control my printer. I'm hoping to find a board that I can easily control using either: ReplicatorG MatterControl I like ...
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Device that can push out independent pin points?

I'm looking for a device that can push out independent pinpoints from something similar to a Pin Point Impression Toy. I'm looking to create a 3D image from for example my computer. Does anybody know ...
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Arc welder for 3d printing

Has anybody experimented with GMAW for additive manufacturing? The thing is, welding wire is so much cheaper than ABS or PLA filaments and, well, it is steel you are printing in, not some flimsy ...
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Gears modeling in Google SketchUp and SketchyPhisics

I'm trying to make differential in Google SketchUp using this tutorial http://support.ponoko.com/entries/21249896-Gears-and-Joints-with-SketchUp-Sketchy-Physics for gears modeling. But I have problem: ...
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Accurate 3D Printing W/Sketchup

I have 3D printers at my school, but unfortunately they are not super high quality. I want to try 3D printing a model I made on google sketchup, but I would like for it to be fairly accurate. What ...
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Is it practical to 3D print a refractive lens?

A lot of awesome optics projects like hacking cameras and projectors become possible with CAD lens modelling software1, if we can also easily prototype the lenses we design. What are some materials ...
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What rail material is best used for linear bearings?

For the 3d printer RepRap Prusa there are several rails (smooth rods) that guide the printer head on the different axises. The printer head uses several linear bearings to glide along the rails. ...