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This spherical gear was made using a 3D printer, can be yours for the holidays

By Shawn Knight ยท 14 replies
Dec 7, 2013
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  1. Proxy Design Studio has created a 3D-printed spherical gear known as the Mechaneu. Described as the first in a series of kinetic, 3D-printed objects designed to explore the limits of 3D printing as an art form, it really is a...

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  2. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 452   +40

    $200? My ***... We have a 3D printer where I go and this would cost somewhere between $10-$25 to make
  3. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,884   +678

    And how many man hours to design and develop something like this would it take you? It's easy to say you can print this yourself, but then how about you design it yourself too? Cost of materials and cost of development are two different things and you seem to be missing the connection, or simply you aren't appreciating what has been done here.

    Btw, where is it that you go that has a 3D printer. I'd like to be able to just go someplace that has a 3D printer laying around that I can mess around with.
  4. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Very clever little mechanical ball. Is it that "Ah ha" moment for 3D manufacturing? Maybe.
  5. Good and now make one in stainless steel and with better quality surfaces and edges....
  6. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 5,231   +4,374

    Labor (in all its forms) is the one thing everyone wants to collect on, but nobody ever wants to pay for.
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,918   +3,294

    Jeez, I just pissed away 200 bucks on a 27" A-MVA monitor from Acer. Now I'm kicking myself in the a**, 'cause I could have had one of those things for the same price.......;)
  8. NeurotechHD

    NeurotechHD TS Rookie Posts: 61   +19

    And make it tiny. This would be far more amazing if the ball were, say, the size of a large marble (or smaller!).
  9. NeurotechHD

    NeurotechHD TS Rookie Posts: 61   +19

    You should have saved an extra $100 and went with a 144hz ASUS monitor. Faster refresh rates are far more pronounced an upgrade than a switch to AMVA.
  10. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,045   +1,377

    Boy you must be fun at parties. xD
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  11. NeurotechHD

    NeurotechHD TS Rookie Posts: 61   +19

    Haha, well he was half joking/ half serious and I replied before my morning coffee - I don't even attempt jokes until well past 3pm ;)
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,918   +3,294

    Right...:DI'm thinking they should shrink it down to a bit larger than a golf ball, then string several together on a stout chord. After that, they could market it to bored, upper crust suburban housewives as, "The perfect pool boy replacement".
    Yeah you're right. That's because everyone needs need a 144Hz monitor to do work in Photoshop.

    So now that you're up, what's one the agenda, trying to count the frame rates on your current monitor?

  13. Years of research, my foot! This looks like an almost direct copy of my brother's design.

    Here's a link to his 3D-printed version.
  14. Forgot to attach the video of the final version:

    It looks like they took their design right off this guy's blog.
  15. Ainaemaet

    Ainaemaet TS Rookie

    Yet we pay for it anyways. You don't really have a choice do you? What's your point?

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