Hacker Newsnew | comments | show | ask | jobs | submit login

Sad prediction: the future of 3D printing will be cheap printers [that require/are subsidized by] proprietary resins.



I actually think it could be more extreme. The printer industry is the way it is because most people don't really need one, so customers skimp instead of optimizing for long-term usage. I predict even fewer people will need devoted 3D printers in their homes - especially if there are local versions at a place like staples/kinkos.

-----


that is, until we're printing food. The French Culinary Institute has been working on 3D food printers for years.

-----


http://burritob0t.com/

-----


There are people working on machines that recycle plastics that you find around the house into filament you can use in an FDM printer.

-----


That would be amazing. The amount of non-recyclable plastic that I throw away every day is insane. I feel horrible for the environment.

-----


You might like this, then, a 'Lyman Extruder':

Instructions and Pictures: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:30642

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JebhbxgjBgA

Pellets, 3$ a pound on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p3984.m570.l1313&...

and to be sold commercially by LulzBot.

Plastic, not resin based, but people are still looking into doing cool stuff to solve the challenge you mention.

-----


There are still some of us who remember HP :)

-----




Applications are open for YC Winter 2016

Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | DMCA | Apply to YC | Contact

Search: