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Old 12-09-2015, 12:41 PM
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So, now you can download a print job to send to your 3D printer in order to make a disk:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1160108
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Old 12-09-2015, 01:47 PM
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Like a Floppy Disk?
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Old 12-09-2015, 02:33 PM
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Do you suppose a 8" floppy would pass the flex test? I bet it'd be so understable it would do barrel rolls!
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Old 12-09-2015, 03:31 PM
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What's the weight and how does it fly? That is pretty cool.
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Old 12-09-2015, 03:50 PM
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How cool would it be if you could design your own disc for a company to make for you? Mix and match existing molds or tweak your own.
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Old 12-09-2015, 04:54 PM
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How cool would it be if you could design your own disc for a company to make for you? Mix and match existing molds or tweak your own.
I've always thought that would be a great niche market to explore if someone wanted to get into disc manufacturing. Instead of having to worry about developing, marketing, and selling your own disc line up just make molds for other people.
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Old 12-09-2015, 05:35 PM
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From what I understand, the accretion method of 3D printing does NOT lend itself well to model stability or durability. Not sure if 3D printer quality has gotten to the point where these will actually be usable. I'm sure high-end machines exist that can get close, but that'd be prohibitively expensive.
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Old 12-09-2015, 05:41 PM
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From what I understand, the accretion method of 3D printing does NOT lend itself well to model stability or durability. Not sure if 3D printer quality has gotten to the point where these will actually be usable. I'm sure high-end machines exist that can get close, but that'd be prohibitively expensive.

I use a Stratasys Mojo a lot at work. It is the starting point for commercial machines (around $10k). I wouldn't trust the material to last a single tree hit. And in my experience, I wouldn't trust the cheaper ones to have very consistent results (I barely trust the Mojo for consistent results).

There are some very expensive machines that print rubbery material (IIRC there is one that does urethane) but I don't know anything about these.

Also I have heard of people using 3D printers to make soft molds which would be a neat way of making disc.
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Old 12-09-2015, 07:07 PM
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Old 12-09-2015, 07:13 PM
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From what I understand, the accretion method of 3D printing does NOT lend itself well to model stability or durability. Not sure if 3D printer quality has gotten to the point where these will actually be usable. I'm sure high-end machines exist that can get close, but that'd be prohibitively expensive.
Given how cheap it is to mass produce injection molded products 3D printing is pretty far off as a viable production offering for something like discs but becoming more of a cheaper and easier option daily with new advances in the technology.

You can get durable products from 3d printing but cost vs performance is laughable given current injection molding business.
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