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    • CommentAuthorLakes
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2015
     
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    Kuka!?! Bloody hell. They were the chief competition way back when I was engineering the motion planning and control for our German robots back in 1982-86. I guess they won. Our robots were GdA (Gesellschaft fuer digitale Automation mBH) out of Munich, finally bought out by EKE Robotics.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2015
     
    Posted By: LakesRobotic 3D spatial printing/sculpting


    In one sense perhaps a retrograde step. If the robot manufactures in three dimensions, then it is a design issue how to avoid building the robot into a situation where it cannot proceed without destroying some of what it has built. Or wind up painted into a volume, so to speak.

    With two dimensional printing it is guaranteed that the robot will not interfere with the construction volume.

    But it could be an interesting extra design constraint.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2015
     
    I am sure AL could come up with something like an octopus that had extruders on each arm and a flexible body.
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      CommentAuthorpcstru
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2015
     
    It is just specialist application IMO. They will be good in situations where you don't want to construct the type of rigid frame associated with most deposition printers - so building a house, your robot might be essentially a very extensible robot arm on a lorry rather than building and then tearing down a frame.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2015
     
    Or a lorry with a trailer that can separate and have a beam going across the build site that can rise by telescopic raisers.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2015
     
    Posted By: TrimOr a lorry with a trailer that can separate and have a beam going across the build site that can rise by telescopic raisers.

    Yabbut that's basically what a scanning printer does now.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2015
     
    True but building a house is bigger.
    • CommentAuthortinker
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2015
     
    Here's 3D building printing...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SObzNdyRTBs
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeMar 9th 2015
     
    DM

    Will.i.am believes 3D printers will build PEOPLE in 'our lifetime' - and warns that new rules are needed to govern technology.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2986245/Will-believes-3D-printers-build-PEOPLE-lifetime-warns-new-rules-needed-govern-technology.html
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    You'd probably get on great
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2015
     
    This thing would be a drag on your Olympic ambitions.
    • CommentAuthorLakes
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2015
     
    Even more if it was "printed" from wool. :)
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      CommentAuthorpcstru
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2015 edited
     
    3d printing will be bigger than the internet.

    (and longer than a piece of string).
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2015
     
    Po

    Affordable 3D printer heating up on Kickstarter.

    http://phys.org/news/2015-04-3d-printer-kickstarter.html
    • CommentAuthorLakes
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2015
     
    Early prototype cheese printer.(Al maybe interested) :)
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    That's the same guy who designed the 2CV.
    Takes the skin off your elbows on corners
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      CommentAuthorpcstru
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th 2016
     
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    Just lie down on the printer, please...
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th 2016 edited
     
    Women were given lab-grown vaginas at the Wake Forest centre two years ago, but the range of treatments is again limited by keeping the cells alive.

    The coming of blob babies is closer.

    Guaranteed no Zika virus.