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June 9, 2021

3D Printing Needs its Windows 95 Moment

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:01 pm

Hale Wallace is right.

Model Airplane Maker

At least it does for the types of printing we modelers would like to do. Here is my completely uneducated opinion about 3D printing as it relates to hobbies in general and scale models in particular: 3D Printing is now at the stage computers were around the time of those 1980s “Computer Clubs”.

Let me explain:

Way back in the early 80s, before your Macs and PCs, before your Dells and HPs, before mice and touchscreens, even before the iconic personal computer ‘stack’, computers were not yet all the rage they would soon become. Most of the users were best described as ‘enthusiasts’. They were inventive, clever and, shall we say, ‘driven’. But most importantly, they were interested in putting in the time and effort to build, improve, understand and dream up of better computers and how to use them.

Where most of us were far too invested in who…

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3 Comments

  1. Agreed, we’re right at that tipping point. I purchased our first PC in January of ’94, but we couldn’t afford internet access (because you paid by the hour/minute then.) I used it that spring for two things: writing my final college papers (couldn’t have gotten through the semester without it) and playing Aces Over the Pacific and Red Baron. 🙂
    As it is now, I recently received some excellent 1/72nd scale Lavassuer props that were printed by a forum friend, and he’s currently working on a complete kit. His 3D printer is good enough we feel there will be no call for photo-etch as his machine is capable of printing out 1/72nd scale dial bezels, etc.

    Comment by dixieflyer500 — June 10, 2021 @ 11:46 am

  2. Warren, keep us informed.

    Comment by dknights — June 10, 2021 @ 6:11 pm

  3. I will pard!

    Comment by dixieflyer500 — June 10, 2021 @ 7:10 pm


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