10 Year Member
- Mar 6, 2012
The AI shells are phenomenal. Make no mistake.
I'm sure there is a lot you could do to lower the required plastic volume and drop the price that would make it a little more suited to 3D printing as well, such as honeycomb support structures inside and thinner plastic walls.
Quan, what are we talking design times to redo them for a 3d printer? We could start another kickstarter to pay for your time.
Printing in general isn't really an effective way to produce item beyond the prototyping phase unless you own the 3d printer. At the prices shapeways is asking, I may as well buy my own and see what the costs turn out to be.
Aww, that's a shame, with them only charging you for the material used and not the overall size of the object, as well as the 40% discounts on anything passed a certain size I though it would come out to less.
Does something like a Makerbot Replicator have a build area large enough to print the carts? If you could print multiples it wouldn't require too much labor, but it would certainly take ages.
The build area on the newest Replicator is 9.9 x 7.8 x 5.9 inches and a neo cart is 5.875 x 7.4 x 1.375 inches, meaning if you really max it out you could probably print 6 or 7 at once maybe? The biggest issue here though would be the large amount of supports required and removing them from the finished print easily and effectively.
A possible solution to that could be a printer with a dual extruder like the Replicator 2X (though it does have a smaller build volume) that way the supports could be printed in a water dissolvable plastic and would take far less labor to remove.
Print a stack of shells separated by water soluble PVA, dump stack in tub.. Profit?