Re: Super leaky cups

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"You can make a hat, or a brooch, or a pterodactyl anything out of it in just a few seconds."

Well...you know, I'd have to say that's a little bit of an overstatement! This commercial is weird because it clearly was made with plenty of money but is shoddily done in so many ways.


Posted by: Mister Smearcase | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 11:00 AM
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Oh, should I watch the video?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 11:03 AM
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That's really cool. It looks like they plan to be in production by fall, which means heebie has solved my annual dilemma of what to get my sister's husband for Xmas.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 11:04 AM
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I'm not sure what I'd use it for, though.

You could use it to make beautiful embellishments and ornaments stitched on your dresses, because, as their kickstarter page asks, "[w]ho does not like beautiful embellishments and ornaments stitched on their dresses?" Who indeed?


Posted by: potchkeh | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 11:06 AM
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1.2: Right Where did they get that beard, it's awful, and those shirts and that hat, jeeeeez!


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 11:07 AM
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Finally bridging the worlds of just-in-time manufacturing and silly string.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 11:19 AM
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If you have to move it at about a centimeter per second as they do in the video, I think that would get pretty tiresome (at least as something to play with) pretty quickly.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 11:22 AM
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I wonder how hot the plastic is as it exits the pen. I mean, would it burn someone's skin if you were to use it to make a 3D model of their . . . hand (for instance)?


Posted by: MAE | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 11:31 AM
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Actually, this would be great for teaching Cal III.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 11:34 AM
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LIX is made from aluminum, and comprises of trendy colors, i.e. Black Matte and Grey Matte. This variation of colours helps you select the one that suits your style.

There is so much wrong in these sentences.


Posted by: urple | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 11:34 AM
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How much melty plastic can such a small pen hold? I would think you'd need to stop and refill often. (I haven't watched the video.)


Posted by: urple | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 11:36 AM
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Depends what font radius you're using.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 11:42 AM
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11: They say 5 minutes.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 11:46 AM
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8: The FAQ says 200 C. Painful heat is about 60 C.


Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 11:47 AM
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One of them has the job title "Electronic passionate".


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 11:56 AM
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Oh, that video is hell.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 12:00 PM
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Given 14, I am in favor of this product because it will generate lawsuits.


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 12:04 PM
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15: The person who makes vibrators, I suppose.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 12:04 PM
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17: No shit. I'll wager that a very high percentage of people who try this thing out for the first time will utter the words "I wonder how hot this OW OW OW OH MY GOD OH FUCKING HELL THAT BURNS LIKE A MOTHERFUCKER!!!"


Posted by: MAE | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 12:22 PM
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17: Maybe they'll make a "smart" version of the pen, so it's safer, and then the gun people will flip out about that, too.

Okay, maybe they're unlikely to flip out about a squirty pen, but we could at least give it a try.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 12:22 PM
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I've got one o' them plastic extruding 3D printers. The thing is extremely ornery, and there are SO MANY different ways a print can get screwed up. If I had to spend the money again, I would have gotten a CNC router instead.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 12:23 PM
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It's worse for lefties, because they'll drag their hand across the ink while it's still wet.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 12:24 PM
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+ is


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 12:24 PM
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23 to 20.2


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 12:24 PM
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20, 23: The squirty pen is mightier.


Posted by: MAE | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 12:34 PM
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In the lab we always need to find odd holders for our various tubes and containers which all have rounded or pointed bottoms. This could be useful for just making wire-framey things to hold small tubes.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 5:54 PM
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26: could you use sugru for that?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 7:27 PM
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25: enough, Connery


Posted by: Turgid Jacobian | Link to this comment | 05- 2-14 8:20 PM
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£82? Wow. Deliver in January? Hmm, I know someone's birthday. This would be really shameless.


Posted by: Alex | Link to this comment | 05- 3-14 4:29 AM
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So I was just talking to Blume and we realized both agreed we're pretty mystified why people are excited about this. It's... all the hot plastic of a 3D printer with none of the getting to design the thing on a computer! It sort of seems like "making 3D things with your hands, using tools" is a pretty well-developed space compared to "making 3D things by sending a computer file to a device". Couldn't you just buy, like, some clay? Or maybe a glue gun?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05- 3-14 4:55 AM
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When I was a kid I tried to melt and reform plastic into various shapes. I never worked very well because it kept catching fire. I don't think the fumes hurt me much.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 05- 3-14 5:06 AM
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So I was just talking to Blume and we realized both agreed we're pretty mystified why people are excited about this.

Because it's fun to play with sparklers and write in midair? It's fun to conduct and leave tracers with your wand?

Have fun with your play-doh, weirdos. Or should I say WEIR-DOHS.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05- 3-14 5:34 AM
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I don't think the fumes hurt me much.

Not at all, Moby, not at all....


Posted by: bill | Link to this comment | 05- 3-14 11:51 AM
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It occurs to me once they're more robust, a really popular early application of 3D printing would be design-your-own-Lego-people.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 05- 3-14 8:00 PM
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My girlfriend has one of these (from a different company, with a different design). It's fun to play with, but it's nowhere near being ready as a mass market toy.

It jam in various ways, and if it jams in a way that ends up leaving plastic in the (metal) nozzle, the easiest way we've found to unjam it is to remove the nozzle and take a torch to it. That's not hard if you have the right equipment, but it's not exactly user friendly. My guess is that they'd at least mention reliability if they'd managed to do better than any of their competitors.


Posted by: sral | Link to this comment | 05- 3-14 8:27 PM
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What kinds of things do you make, sral?


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 05- 3-14 8:29 PM
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Mini 3d people, animals, buildings, and other lego-like things, but more freeform. Also, just geometric shapes.

It takes a decent amount of practice to make something more intricate than a cube that won't fall apart if it gets tossed around a bit.

Despite my complaints, I like it. On the plus side, it's easier to make things with fine detail than with something like play doh or clay. It's not as good as wood for really fine detail, but it's also multiple orders of magnitude faster than carving something out of a block of wood or making a paper thingy.


Posted by: sral | Link to this comment | 05- 3-14 8:45 PM
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