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Discussion in 'Video' started by Auzie, Sep 5, 2013.
This just came out. Amazing.
Amazing, saw some of this type of stuff in the Iron Man movies (and back in the flick Minority Report), it's really coming to fruition now...
Wow...very very cool
Cool indeed. For me, perhaps the coolest part is that now 3D printers are creating metallic items. We're moving beyond 2 or 3 types of plastic.
Titanium. Not exactly a simple metal either...
I can't wait until the next launch...
Elon Musk = Tony Stark. Not a cliche but the truth! More so everyday.
Wow . . . this is nuts! If they can now print in metals and plastics, there will probably be a day when we can print in biologic material? Maybe an acorn, a heart valve, or a . . . Yeah, I know that living things are different, but the progress is stunning.
Some 3D printers are set up to print different materials intermixed, for example to print conductive material inside non-conductive structural stuff. If that could be combined with pick and place robots it would allow small, complex electro-mechanical devices to be produced one-off. Another possibility might be adding springs, joints and actuators, then printing them in place for very small robotic parts.
We're actually not that far off from this.
Organovo, among others.
Wow!!! What else does Mr. Musk has stored in that brain of his????
Very cool stuff.
Wait a minute. Could this lead to a situation in which Tesla Motors will be able to produce some parts of the Model S themselves, instead of having to buy them from a supplier? That really is interesting.
Tesla and SpaceX already produce more parts themselves than their competitors. The Model S has more parts produced in-house than the GM and Toyota cars previously made at Fremont.
There is a great story about SpaceX being no quoted by a valve supplier. The supplier had second thoughts and came back a few months later with a quote of millions of dollars and years of development time. SpaceX replied that they had already designed, built, and validated the valve for space flight in-house. The supplier was astonished.
Elon has even half-jokingly threatened to make his own Aluminum if Alcoa and other suppliers did not keep their prices in line.
What will he come up with next? Cars that run without gasoline?
The names of his most important engineers.
His companies are engineer heavy because he believes in product.