- Jun 15, 2013On Sat, 15 Jun 2013 03:15:08 +0000
Jonathon <jonathon.blake@...> wrote:
> On 06/14/2013 01:00 PM, Alan Cox wrote:3D models take some time to learn to construct but its a skill you can
> > for such technology because the costs are heavily based on material
> > volume. Z is big enough the features are printable, small enough to be cheap, N likewise.
> This assumes that the 3D design plans will be easily obtain.
> It also assumes that the non-printable parts will be easily obtainable.
learn which does not require access to expensive machinery and in fact
the design side can be done with software that's either free software or
zero cost proprietary software. It's also (at least this side of the
pond) a skill that is now taught in schools as part of technical
education - so kids are coming out of college having done 3D printing
work, 3D CAD and the like.
For non printable parts American Z is well served with trucks, wheels and
couplers easily available.
For things like weights or small parts that are too fragile when printed
you can also do white metal drop casting at home without anything major
(except maybe permission from the household authorities to use the
kitchen as a metalworks ;) )
There isn't a fundamental barrier to doing this stuff yourself, likewise
CNC machining and tool making. You can get hand plastic moulding machines
for peanuts second hand. Not something you'd want to run a major
production run on but perfectly good for very low volume work, and much
easier to cut tools for as you don't need ejector pins and other
The key to bringing production back home wherever you are is to go do it.
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