Staples Copy Centers to begin offering 3D printing

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Staples Copy Centers to begin offering 3D printing

Postby underworld » Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:34 pm

Just got this from Glass City Maker's group. Staples to offer 3D printing, first in Belgium & Netherlands... then soon to other countries.....

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Postby rue_d_etropal » Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:57 pm

3D printing in paper? how does this compare with services provided by other companies?
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Postby KEG » Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:12 pm

They probably print you some Origami designs to fold your APA locomotives.

The Kraehwinkel Gn15 3-D- Printer works quite well.

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Postby Steve Bennett » Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:24 pm

rue_d_etropal wrote:3D printing in paper? how does this compare with services provided by other companies?


It's a different process, it's more of a cutter than a printer really. The object is cut from a pile of paper by a blade on the print head. A lot cheaper on materials than the current 3D printing process.
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Postby Steve Bennett » Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:25 pm

KEG wrote:The Kraehwinkel Gn15 3-D- Printer works quite well.

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:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Adrian » Sat Dec 01, 2012 3:09 am

G'day Folks
Don't know if its similar system or not but I have just taken delivery of a CirCut Mini.
http://uk.cricut.com/home/
Only heard about it while talking to my podiatrist at my last visit.
Its designed for scrap-booking and is easy to use.

The machine itself is nice and small, easy to set up (at least on an XP machine) and very quick and quiet.
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It uses a couple of stepper motors to drive a 'tacky' cutting mat in the 'Y' direction and the cutting head in the 'X' direction. The cutting head also moves up and down. (don't know how as I haven't taken the machine apart ____ YET)
Sort of like a poor man's laser cutter.

I bought it because I hate cutting out multiple openings in card and trying to get them the same size :? :? They always seem to come out different sizes.
So I thought "This could be the answer"

Does it work I hear you ask :?: :?: :?:

Well ____ My first project was a panelled door, just as a proof of concept.
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The door had to be drawn up in the CirCut editing suite.
Unfortunately because of the way this works it was not the easiest to use.
Unfortunately its designed as a 'artwork' editor rather than a 'technical' editor.
I had to use some lateral and creative thinking to get the door drawn up.

However once the drawing was out of the way it is only a case of putting a sheet of card on the cutting mat and hitting the 'CUT' button.
Less than a minute later there were my panels for the door.
I then put some new card on the cutting mat and then less that a minute later there was another, identical, door kit.

Unfortunately, if you look real close to the small window panes, the corners are not as sharp as I would have liked but they are, overall, far better than I could have done.

The machine will cut paper, card, vinyl, material and something called 'chipboard'.
(Chipboard, as I know it, is a house building material ___ I believe that they are just talking about the sort of card used in birthday cards.)
Because the pressure of the cutting head can be adjusted and the number of passes changed it might be possible to emboss some materials.
Not sure if it will cut styrene sheet.
Maybe that's the next experiment ?

There are two different cutting blades used for thin and thick cards and the cutting blade can be replaced with a 'writing stick' so its possible to write on the card.

I have yet to try but I think that it might, just, be possible to cut out petals and leaves in paper instead of using those ubiquitous punches, which could allow for subtle size differences.

Was it worth the cash that I spent on it ?
At about $120 AUS (prices vary--see Google/eBay) I am certainly happy with it. I would have preferred an easier to use editor and I would have liked the internal corners to be a bit sharper but for cutting out things like doors and windows in 1/24 scale I can see that it will pay for itself in reduced frustration and greater satisfaction in a relatively short time.

The next project that I want to attempt is a Gn15 railcar with panelled sides. I already have the chassis ____ just need to come up with a design and draw it now !
Other items that come to mind include station valance boards, building sides, wagon and coach sides and cabs for diesels.

Cheers
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Postby Adrian » Sat Dec 01, 2012 3:58 am

G'day Again

Just came across this video ___
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJk8O6y6fpM

Shows the Staples printer in action

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Postby KEG » Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:06 pm

The future of democratic 3-D Printing has begun already

http://www.fasterpoly.de/de_wp/2012/05/eroeffnung-des-ersten-fablab-in-duesseldorf/

In Duessldorf and some more cities you can go over to the printer and have your designs printed. You simply pay a monthly fee (don´t know how much) and off you go.

Have Fun

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