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Adam Hornsby Feb 04, 2009, 03:51pm EST Report Abuse
I am not sure where to post this, so please bear with me. I am going to do a product design course at uni, and the uni has a Z Corp 3D printer. It is mind-blowing how it works and somewhat amazing technology. I'm not sure if anyone here will know, but I'll ask anyway.
What can you do with the resin once it's modelled? Could you actually make a cup and make tea in it, without it melting, disintegrating or poisoning somebody, or make a plate and eat off it?

Odd question I know, just want to know a bit more.

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John Doe Feb 04, 2009, 04:10pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: 3D Printing
Well that all depends on what the resin is!? i would assume whoever operates or maintains the machine will know more about it and would be the best people to ask.

From what i know you take a CAD and make a real life prototype, quickly and cheaply. so in theory that should be anything u want, inc a mug! but functionality wise i dont think it would be appropriate.

Gerritt Feb 08, 2009, 03:23pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: 3D Printing
I don't know the direct answer, but for the most part these 3D printers are for prototyping only and not for finished products.
After looking at the materials site for ZCORP It does appear that you may be able to use the zp140 material as a safe, non-toxic compound. However, I would check with them via the "Have a question?" link off of the same page before I started drinking coffee out of it.
Interestingly, ther are casting compounds that may stand up to the heat of coffee, if properly glazed and sealed, but I'd still check with them.

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