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#2887722 - 10/30/17 04:09 AM Good, or bad material?
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I recently saw an ad on TV in which somebody made a sort of prosthetic hoof for a tiny horse by a process called "3-D printing". I don't recall what the ad was for though.

Now, I'm not sure what kind of material is used in that process, but it seems to me that if it's strong enough for a horse's hoof, maybe it can be used to make a solid guitar body using the same process. I don't know if it could be used to make acoustics, but since those have been made from various composites, an electric guitar body made by 3-D printing might be OK. And probably be pretty light in weight, so.....

Whaddya think?
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#2887727 - 10/30/17 04:54 AM Re: Good, or bad material? [Re: whitefang]
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Could be... might be the next breakthrough, who knows? Save a few tropical trees, maybe....

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#2887739 - 10/30/17 08:35 AM Re: Good, or bad material? [Re: Eric Iverson]
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I believe a wide range of materials can be used in 3D printing, including living cells.
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#2887744 - 10/30/17 09:08 AM Re: Good, or bad material? [Re: Scott Fraser]
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They have been making 3D solid body guitars for quite a few years now. I haven't heard much about them on the market, so I don't think they are setting the woods on fire LOL! cool
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#2887841 - 10/30/17 10:33 PM Re: Good, or bad material? [Re: Larryz]
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Here's one company that has been printing guitars for a while:
http://www.oddguitars.com
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#2887854 - 10/31/17 04:47 AM Re: Good, or bad material? [Re: Dannyalcatraz]
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Thanks for all the info guys.

But, living cells? shocked

I guess anytime I see a guitar crawling down the street I'll know what's up! laugh
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#2887859 - 10/31/17 06:30 AM Re: Good, or bad material? [Re: whitefang]
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Originally Posted By: whitefang
Thanks for all the info guys.
But, living cells? shocked
I guess anytime I see a guitar crawling down the street I'll know what's up! laugh
Whitefang


They're working on making biological structures which can be implanted in the body, & then have kidney, liver or whatever cells populate them, to replace parts of damaged organs. Experimental at this stage.
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#2887864 - 10/31/17 06:49 AM Re: Good, or bad material? [Re: Scott Fraser]
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There's a researcher in Scotland who is working on using 3D printers to assemble pharmaceuticals from their constituent chemicals at the microscopic level.

IOW, Star Trek replicators.

This could usher in a new age of low-cost medications...and a new front on the drug war.
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#2887875 - 10/31/17 08:05 AM Re: Good, or bad material? [Re: Dannyalcatraz]
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Originally Posted By: Dannyalcatraz
This could usher in a new age of low-cost medications.


Or a new round of patented formulas which the pharmaceutical industry charges extortionate fees for.
Or perhaps 3D printing will be the new Napster of that industry.
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#2887883 - 10/31/17 09:24 AM Re: Good, or bad material? [Re: Scott Fraser]
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Without getting into the good & bad of why pharmaceuticals cost what they do, J.I.T. 3D printing of drugs reduces costs associated with:

Transportation
Storage & handling
Security
Spoilage
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#2887937 - 10/31/17 02:39 PM Re: Good, or bad material? [Re: Dannyalcatraz]
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Talked to a guy while at PT who thought 3-D printing was that process used in printing those weird looking pictures you had to re-focus your eyes in order to see the 3-D image. Remember those?
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#2887938 - 10/31/17 03:00 PM Re: Good, or bad material? [Re: whitefang]
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Yep!
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#2888223 - 11/02/17 05:41 AM Re: Good, or bad material? [Re: Dannyalcatraz]
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I have heard that the process has been used to build guns out of plastic that can actually fire bullets, in order to smuggle such a weapon past metal detectors.
I don't know for a fact whether this is actually TRUE or not, LOL. Caveat emptor - I don't necessarily buy EVERYTHING I read.
That's the thing with new inventions; most people will use them for more or less harmless purposes, but there are are always people out there with evil agendas. But we still have to progress in spite of that.

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#2888233 - 11/02/17 06:39 AM Re: Good, or bad material? [Re: Eric Iverson]
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A tool is just a tool, and works for good men, fools and tools.
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