3D Printed Record

One of the most amazing concepts to get our heads around is the fact that in the future we will be printing our own 3D products. The RIAA is going to freak once we start printing and trading records. A MakerBot Thing-O-Matic starts at around $1100 USD. In the words of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, “Earl Grey hot.”.

“A 3D printed record for the Fisher-Price record player playing ‘Still Alive’ from Portal” – fastne55

For more info: store.makerbot.com/thing-o-matic-kit-mk7.html

via Engadget

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  1. For anyone that is not familiar with this technology… it’s often referred to as an ‘SLA Model’. The plastic is good enough for prototyping, fitting, etc, but is actually very brittle. Something like a record will probably wear out rather quickly. I imagine we will discover additives and better materials in the future that will make this a viable item to make and sell yourself. I believe Pirate Bay wants to get into this business… downloadable 3d models. Author Cory Doctorow has some excellent examples of how 3d printing might effect our lives in the future (short story collection Overclocked, highly recommend). Anyway, did I have a point? oh yes, here it is, Cool, nice post!

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    1. Thanks for the tip on Overclocked… I’m going to check it out. Yes for sure this is primitive times compared to what is to be. It’s amazing the concepts are moving from fantasy to living room. It’s easy to image these units working with lots of other materials at the same time to create who knows what.

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  2. This is a joke guys. The output of a makerbot is nowhere near the resolution required to make legible audio. I was tipped off as soon I hear Rick Astley kick in. Also, look at that record it’s so wobbly you’d definately hear some warble in the playback, yet there isn’t any.

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  3. The fisher price record is a cool idea though, that one is real. Those record players are really just a set of music box tines mounted into a “needle cartridge” at the end of the arm, that’s totally feasible with a makerbot.

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    1. Well like I said… fast forward 30 years and we will have this. :)

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  4. So wanted the record to be real I almost told my GF. Vinyl that Also plays in your computer though? Haha.

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  5. Your site rocks! I just thought of 3D printed vinyl, you always have the good stuff covered. :D

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