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Old 09-28-2016, 02:13 PM
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Hey all,

Got ahold of a Mytrix 3d Printer. It's a large format 3d Printer and I was thinking about printing my own discs.

Gonna start with a simple putter. I have PLA and ABS and the printer istself does a gradient, so can do two different colors with a gradient.

Just wondering if anyone here has done anything like this before and if so, what kind of results did you have?
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Old 09-28-2016, 02:18 PM
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I think there was a thread on this sometime in the recent past. IMHO disc printing could be interesting, but the companies won't like it very much as it'll cut into their sales....
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Old 09-28-2016, 02:22 PM
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I know that Reptilian and I think Element 3D print their prototypes before deciding on the final mold.
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Old 09-28-2016, 02:23 PM
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I think there was a thread on this sometime in the recent past. IMHO disc printing could be interesting, but the companies won't like it very much as it'll cut into their sales....
Since 3D printed discs are unlikely to ever be approved for PDGA competitive play, I'm betting most of the manufacturers aren't too worried.
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Old 09-28-2016, 02:25 PM
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Since 3D printed discs are unlikely to ever be approved for PDGA competitive play, I'm betting most of the manufacturers aren't too worried.
Why wouldn't a 3D disc not be approved (upon submission) if it meets the PDGA requirements?
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Old 09-28-2016, 02:31 PM
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Why wouldn't a 3D disc not be approved (upon submission) if it meets the PDGA requirements?
Because one of the requirements for a disc to be approved is that it "be of a production-type disc available commercially to the public in numbers of at least 500" (PDGA Technical Standards, page 3).

Unless someone wants to start up a manufacturing company that produces their discs by 3D printers rather than injection molding machines, 3D printing discs is going to be a novelty at most.
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Old 09-28-2016, 02:38 PM
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Because one of the requirements for a disc to be approved is that it "be of a production-type disc available commercially to the public in numbers of at least 500" (PDGA Technical Standards, page 3).

Unless someone wants to start up a manufacturing company that produces their discs by 3D printers rather than injection molding machines, 3D printing discs is going to be a novelty at most.
So the fact they are 3D printed isn't exclusionary, just the fact that doing them in those numbers is potentially an issue. Correct?
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Old 09-28-2016, 02:44 PM
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So the fact they are 3D printed isn't exclusionary, just the fact that doing them in those numbers is potentially an issue. Correct?
Yes.

Homemade discs would never meet the requirements set forth by the PDGA because the quantity required would probably be cost-prohibitive. That shouldn't stop people from doing it if they want to have some fun with it, but such a thing should never be considered a threat to business by existing disc manufacturers.
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I can't imagine that most 3D printed materials would hold up to tree hits.
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I'm also wondering whether these 3D models will meet all of the specs. I'm curious whether building the disc in blobs of plastic versus the smoother molecular alignment from injection molding will make them either more brittle or less flexible.
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