Post a Picture of Your Silly Purchase of the Month.

LiquidMantis wrote:
Ghostship wrote:

It that makerbot, or one of the others.

I was following along waiting for the resolution of home units to get up to a good level. As of a few months ago, it was pretty good.

Did you see on Reddit, that there's speculation about patents holding up the development of the home 3d printing scene, and there was also some effort to save important patents from corporations and patent trolls?

No, the MakerBots are the box style printers that require lasercut wood pieces. The result is a more finished looking printer but it's not self-improving and self-replicating system like the RepRap movement. Or not as much at least. I can think you can print improved extruder heads for MakerBots. No, this is a kit to build a MendelMax and should look like this once complete. (Not crazy about the yellow, but it was cheaper this way and I can always print those parts in a different color if it really bugs me. It's also not so bad if you leave off those little wiring clips you that give the striped look.)

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[Edit] I have seen a little talk about DRM and similar IP protection. I'm personally not worried right now but it's something to stay aware of. I played around with using a Kinect as a 3D scanner this weekend so I can see the concern. This technology is maturing fast and I don't think we're very far from most anyone being able to scan an object then replicate it much like someone would scan a photo to restore it and print a new copy. It takes some training and equipment but this is quickly becoming approachable by the masses.

On the 3D scanning, here is one of my initial attempts. This is a quick scan of my younger son. It obviously has issues, but this is also after just a couple of minutes of fooling around with the system and in an unoptimized space.

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Check out "David Laser Scanner".

I tried it a few years ago. It should be capable of really good results by now.
I build by background out of foam core, and use a poor quality laser level as my laser, and got OK results.
with a green laser, and a fabricated background, you should be able to do really well.

http://www.david-laserscanner.com/

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basically how it worked when I did it. The seem to have kits now.
http://www.david-laserscanner.com/wi...

LiquidMantis wrote:
SixteenBlue wrote:

Post about this in the board game threads when you're ready. People love pimping out their games.

You'd better believe I will. There's a 3D Catan set on Thingiverse that I can't wait to print.

And I can't wait to pay you to print me one!

Seriously, let me know when\if you've got the laser cutter operational. We've been wanting to have an art piece cut for a while but I didn't know where to get it cut.

Quintin_Stone wrote:
groan wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

It looks kinda like Legos. :D

Please hand in your LEGO card.

Can't, I took it apart to make a spaceship out of the pieces.

I just wanted to say how awesome that was as a come back.

Does someone have this in their silly purchase index?

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Catan-3D-EXTR...

I do it's not that rare, i think they made like 3k of them.

LiquidMantis wrote:

...3D scanning and printing stuff...

That's it, I'm moving Colorado! I have had an interest in 3D printing for the longest time. I wish I would have backed the Form 1 on Kickstarter.

What did you use for the scanning of your son?

If you need any help with modelling, I work as a CAD designer; if it's a man made object I can work with it.

Falchion wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:
groan wrote:
Quintin_Stone wrote:

It looks kinda like Legos. :D

Please hand in your LEGO card.

Can't, I took it apart to make a spaceship out of the pieces.

I just wanted to say how awesome that was as a come back.

Agreed. You may rebuild and keep your card. Just watch your spelling next time or I'll send the minifig cops.

TigerBill wrote:

What did you use for the scanning of your son?

That was just a Kinect camera and ReconstructMe console version. Ghostship's links look much better for the same "free with household items" budget.

If you need any help with modelling, I work as a CAD designer; if it's a man made object I can work with it.

Careful what you offer! I've done a little with SketchUp in the past but now I'm trying to dive into some SolidWorks tutorials since I haven't really done much since an Engineering 101 AutoCAD class too long ago.

Why do people feel the need to religiously defend the Lego Group's desire to have their products referred to a specific way? I mean, nobody gets up in arms when people call tissue's Klenex.

groan wrote:

Agreed. You may rebuild and keep your card. Just watch your spelling next time or I'll send the minifig cops.

Nope. I'll always call them Legos because F*CK THE DANES!

Norfair wrote:

I mean, nobody gets up in arms when people call tissue's Klenex.

Probably because nobody knows what you're talking about.

Norfair wrote:

Why do people feel the need to religiously defend the Lego Group's desire to have their products referred to a specific way? I mean, nobody gets up in arms when people call tissue's Klenex.

You son of a...

LiquidMantis wrote:

Careful what you offer! I've done a little with SketchUp in the past but now I'm trying to dive into some SolidWorks tutorials since I haven't really done much since an Engineering 101 AutoCAD class too long ago.

Well if you want any tips let me know, I'm certified in Solidworks.

Norfair wrote:

Why do people feel the need to religiously defend the Lego Group's desire to have their products referred to a specific way? I mean, nobody gets up in arms if people call Kleenex, Klenai Kleenexes?

FTFY ...seems more analogous.

Grammar nazis get bent about pluralizations, why would it stop at a product name?

Norfair wrote:

Why do people feel the need to religiously defend ...?

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I can help you out with SketchUp, and 3dsMax. I'm not certified though.

Learning Solid Works is an interesting idea. The BIM movement in architecture makes me wonder if you could do a building with it.

I've heard of Bentley and Catia being used for buildings.

So on October 31 I bought these:
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and on November 1 I bought this:
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So... it's two purchases, but technically I'm in different months

Waiting on the Vita to get out here, unfortunately Amazon says it'll take 15 days to get to Afghanistan The waiting is killing me already.

The QC15s are amazing though! I'm 100% pleased so far, as there's a lot of noise to be blocked out. I didn't seem to notice as much until I started blocking it out, it's almost too quiet now.

Awesome! I'm playing my way through AC3 now, an I'd love to try Liberation, but can't justify getting a Vita.

Yes! We need more people buying Vitas. Be sure to hit up the Vita thread for advice/suggestions. There is some hidden menu stuff that's easy to miss. For example, holding down the PS button and Start at the same time takes a screenshot.

Schrensky wrote:

The QC15s are amazing though!

Yes, they are. I love mine!

Bought...

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...from a recent woot deal. Actually bought 2 pairs. So far they are leaps and bounds better than what I had. Also bought windows 8, some might consider that a silly purchase, but I'm loving it.

soonerjudd wrote:

Awesome! I'm playing my way through AC3 now, an I'd love to try Liberation, but can't justify getting a Vita.

I have a stack of games, PSN and PSP classics that beg to differ

Saw this guy at Target and couldn't resist. It came with a matching travel mug too for only $10. Not a bad deal if I do say so myself.

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Needed a new laptop so I bought one of these newfangled things. I could have gotten more power for the money but I'm not much of a PC gamer and even if I were I would probably get an actual desktop. I needed something for general computing and got a tablet out of the deal as well, the way I see it.

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Blind_Evil wrote:

Needed a new laptop so I bought one of these newfangled things. I could have gotten more power for the money but I'm not much of a PC gamer and even if I were I would probably get an actual desktop. I needed something for general computing and got a tablet out of the deal as well, the way I see it.

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Looks quite nice. Give an update after a while on how you liked it

Tickets to this Thursday's Virginia Tech / FSU game, seats are section 12, row T. It's silly because we're not supposed to be spending unnecessarily , it'll likely be really cold, and Tech will most likely lose horribly. At least the wife is an FSU fan.

Blind_Evil wrote:

Needed a new laptop so I bought one of these newfangled things. I could have gotten more power for the money but I'm not much of a PC gamer and even if I were I would probably get an actual desktop. I needed something for general computing and got a tablet out of the deal as well, the way I see it.

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Nice. My Lenovo Tablet is getting a little long in the tooth, been thinking I need to save up the money to get a new one. Let me know how it works out. In particular, did they get their drivers sorted out that you can have pressure sensitivity on the tablet pen and still be able to use touch? Or do they even still come with pens?

Mantid wrote:

Or do they even still come with pens? :?

No pen. The screen is flesh-only as far as I can tell.

TigerBill wrote:

That's it, I'm moving Colorado! :)

The whole state?!

ClockworkHouse wrote:
TigerBill wrote:

That's it, I'm moving Colorado! :)

The whole state?! :shock:

Yes the whole state and, there's nothing you can do about it.