0924: "3D Printer"

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0924: "3D Printer"

Postby pigsfromagun » Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:40 am UTC

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Alt text: I just can't wait for the Better Homes and Gardens list of helpful tips for household reuse of sixteen-inch acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene phalluses.

I dread the day when this becomes a commonplace prank.
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby wallacoloo » Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:54 am UTC

Is that a penis he's holding in the third panel?
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby pigsfromagun » Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:55 am UTC

wallacoloo wrote:Is that a penis he's holding in the third panel?

I think it's the wrench that he had in the first panel. Implying that he's fixing his 3D printer?
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby wizdave » Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:18 am UTC

pigsfromagun wrote:
wallacoloo wrote:Is that a penis he's holding in the third panel?

I think it's the wrench that he had in the first panel. Implying that he's fixing his 3D printer?


Or he could have just printed the wrench with his 3D printer ala this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZboxMsSz5Aw&feature=player_embedded
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby FCN » Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:23 am UTC

Wouldn't that just be a dildo?
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby brakos82 » Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:31 am UTC

wallacoloo wrote:Is that a penis he's holding in the third panel?


Yay, I'm not the first one to think that. :mrgreen:
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby sabik » Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:33 am UTC

Didn't Charles Stross have something like that in a novel that went on sale a week ago, and for which he posted sample chapters last month?

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-st ... three.html
(Note: NSFW text. What would you expect in a novel called "Rule 34" ?)

Admittedly those were 8cm, not 16in...
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby ManaUser » Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:34 am UTC

But... who prints their spam?
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby jpk » Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:39 am UTC

ManaUser wrote:But... who prints their spam?



Don't you? I know I hate reading stuff on screens....
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby hintss » Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:40 am UTC

someone designed a dildo a while ago and posted it on thingiverse, but it seems to have been deleted

also, did the forum link disappear from xkcd.com?
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby nmp303 » Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:46 am UTC

Right, people, Randal gave us an order! By next Wednesday, he should receive a package with all the penises we printed :-)

By the way, who here has worked with 3D printers before?

hintss wrote:also, did the forum link disappear from xkcd.com?

Yes, a few days ago. I wonder why.
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby hintss » Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:04 am UTC

someone made plastic poop. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:9955 sigh.
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby scarletmanuka » Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:27 am UTC

nmp303 wrote:
hintss wrote:also, did the forum link disappear from xkcd.com?

Yes, a few days ago. I wonder why.

Did you know that "Individual XKCD Comic Threads" is not the only part of the forums?

A short sojourn into "Site/Forum Issues" might very well prove enlightening, particularly such threads as "Forum link on the main XKCD page?" or "Forum Link Gone".
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby Hooch » Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:43 am UTC

hintss wrote:someone made plastic poop. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:9955 sigh.


Plastic poop has been around since Jimmy Kimmel was on The Man Show.
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby obarey » Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:57 am UTC

Shouldn't the plural form of "phallus" be "phallii"?
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby Hirg » Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:06 am UTC

scarletmanuka wrote:
nmp303 wrote:
hintss wrote:also, did the forum link disappear from xkcd.com?

Yes, a few days ago. I wonder why.

Did you know that "Individual XKCD Comic Threads" is not the only part of the forums?

A short sojourn into "Site/Forum Issues" might very well prove enlightening, particularly such threads as "Forum link on the main XKCD page?" or "Forum Link Gone".


I don't remember that one. Which xkcd comic was that?
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby Fixblor » Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:17 am UTC

wallacoloo wrote:Is that a penis he's holding in the third panel?

Most likely, the answer is "sort of".

XKCD is generally SFW, but having an explicit dildo depicted would be NSFW.
So, what looks like a dildo that is not a dildo? ... particularly for the stick-figures and simple-outlines style of drawing currently in use here ...
Solution: a crescent wrench.

Wrenches are associated with fixing things, so the cover is plausible.
Covert phalluses often pretend to be ordinary household tools or appliances.
For example ...
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby KittenKaboodle » Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:24 am UTC

sabik wrote:Didn't Charles Stross have something like that in a novel that went on sale a week ago, and for which he posted sample chapters last month?

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-st ... three.html
(Note: NSFW text. What would you expect in a novel called "Rule 34" ?)

Admittedly those were 8cm, not 16in...


Well, that burrned my cheese. But it just goes to show you, the more things change the more they stay the same:
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Just in case anyone had any doubt, the printing in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZboxMsSz5Aw&feature=player_embedded is not shown in real time, I'd guess the actual time was somewhere around three orders of magnitude longer than shown. One could drive to the adult novelty store and get a nice silicone dildo quicker than one could print a stiff ABS one and for likely less money than the consumables for the 3D printer. Sure people will say "the price will come down as they get more popular" but have you bought an inkjet printer cartrige lately? The machines might get cheap. but they'll put RFID tahgs in the consumable cartriges so you can't use third party consumables, and then charge you an arm and a kidney forthe consumables.
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby hintss » Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:29 am UTC

just imagine thingiverse in 12 hours: there will be some dildos posted that haven't been deleted by admins yet, and the rest will be stealth dildos.

oh, and a handy tip: skeinforge doesn't print really thin walls, so making a hollow object with 0.05 mm walls or so with a second object inside will only print the object inside, but the outside object will show up on renders
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby feyayeruka » Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:08 am UTC

man, I never thought of using a crescent wrench as a dildo!
*runs off to toolbox*
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby Uzh » Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:57 am UTC

feyayeruka wrote:man, I never thought of using a crescent wrench as a dildo!


Rule 34...

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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby _sw » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:51 am UTC

What? Spam prints itself now?
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby Fixblor » Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:38 am UTC



Question: What kind of reflective optical magic is being used to scan the interior and unexposed portions of these items?
Let me guess, "smoke and mirrors", or could it be just plain old "TV magic".

Oh well, maybe when they start making MRI/3D-printer combo-units I can finally get that new brain I've been asking for.
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby neoliminal » Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:46 am UTC

I keep thinking of potential trojans that might get hidden inside 3-D printer plans.

Imagine downloading plans for a vacuum cleaner and halfway through your carpet it starts to tell you how you can purchase inexpensive Viagra.
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby JudeMorrigan » Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:57 am UTC

obarey wrote:Shouldn't the plural form of "phallus" be "phallii"?

No. If you're going to be a PHPI and refuse to use the (perfectly acceptable) anglicized plural, you'd have to go with phalli. Phallii is indefensible.
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby Uno » Wed Jul 13, 2011 12:10 pm UTC

neoliminal wrote:I keep thinking of potential trojans that might get hidden inside 3-D printer plans.

Imagine downloading plans for a vacuum cleaner and halfway through your carpet it starts to tell you how you can purchase inexpensive Viagra.


Or your dildo suddenly claiming to be Umfufu, the widow of the deposed king of Nigeria, requesting your help with a money transfer.
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby feyayeruka » Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:18 pm UTC

Uno wrote:
neoliminal wrote:I keep thinking of potential trojans that might get hidden inside 3-D printer plans.

Imagine downloading plans for a vacuum cleaner and halfway through your carpet it starts to tell you how you can purchase inexpensive Viagra.


Or your dildo suddenly claiming to be Umfufu, the widow of the deposed king of Nigeria, requesting your help with a money transfer.

or Umfufu, the widow of the deposed king of Nigeria, requesting your help with a Viagra transfer.
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby Fysicist09 » Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:19 pm UTC

So where does this printer fall into the chart from xkcd.com/678 ?
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby freakish777 » Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:15 pm UTC

You wouldn't download a car, would you??
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby nogling » Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:21 pm UTC

obarey wrote:Shouldn't the plural form of "phallus" be "phallii"?


Just "phalli" - the only Latin words that have a double "i" in the plural form are ones that end with "ius".

But since we don't speak Latin, in English, "phalluses" is an acceptable plural.

Just like the appropriate Latin plural of "penis" is "penes", but in English we say "penises".



I can't believe I just de-lurked to clarify the Latin plural of "phallus"....

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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby SlyReaper » Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:32 pm UTC

Fysicist09 wrote:So where does this printer fall into the chart from xkcd.com/678 ?

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The Hofsteader 3D Printer

Postby pscottdv » Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:08 pm UTC

Can be built entirely out of parts that can be printed by itself!
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby eidako » Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:23 pm UTC

If access to this technology were readily available, it would have the potential of raising issues similar to the encryption and file sharing controversies of the past. Consider lockpicks, of which possession by unlicensed persons is prohibited in most jurisdictions. Would this also make having CADD models of lockpicks, or distribution of models over the Internet, a punishable offense? What about the duplication of patented designs? After watching the legal system hemorrhage over the existence of the Internet, imagine what would happen if tangible objects could be arbitrarily duplicated.
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby philsov » Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:35 pm UTC

_sw wrote:What? Spam prints itself now?


Occasionally, yeah. Every now and then the fax/copy machines at work receive spam for low cost health insurance or vacation trips or some crap thanks to the fax connection.

The implications with 3D would be even more annoying.
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby dp2 » Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:51 pm UTC

Fixblor wrote:
wallacoloo wrote:Is that a penis he's holding in the third panel?

Most likely, the answer is "sort of".

XKCD is generally SFW, but having an explicit dildo depicted would be NSFW.

"Generally" is right.
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby rhomboidal » Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:57 pm UTC

I use extra thick paper in my dinky inkjet just to delude myself that I technically own a 3D printer.
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby wallacoloo » Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:01 pm UTC

eidako wrote:If access to this technology were readily available, it would have the potential of raising issues similar to the encryption and file sharing controversies of the past. Consider lockpicks, of which possession by unlicensed persons is prohibited in most jurisdictions. Would this also make having CADD models of lockpicks, or distribution of models over the Internet, a punishable offense? What about the duplication of patented designs? After watching the legal system hemorrhage over the existence of the Internet, imagine what would happen if tangible objects could be arbitrarily duplicated.


Imo, there are far more important things to worry about than legality. These machines are still evolving; people are equipping them to print with more and more different materials. What happens when anyone who wants to can print a nuclear missile in their own garage?
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby FertRaccoon » Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:09 pm UTC

wallacoloo wrote:
eidako wrote:If access to this technology were readily available, it would have the potential of raising issues similar to the encryption and file sharing controversies of the past. Consider lockpicks, of which possession by unlicensed persons is prohibited in most jurisdictions. Would this also make having CADD models of lockpicks, or distribution of models over the Internet, a punishable offense? What about the duplication of patented designs? After watching the legal system hemorrhage over the existence of the Internet, imagine what would happen if tangible objects could be arbitrarily duplicated.


Imo, there are far more important things to worry about than legality. These machines are still evolving; people are equipping them to print with more and more different materials. What happens when anyone who wants to can print a nuclear missile in their own garage?



This would involve printing with Plutonium, which would be hard to come by. Even expanding this idea to printing any explosive still comes up against the limits of Chemistry. One could probably print out a functional revolver and bullets, but the bullets would not have any explosive in them.
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby Xeio » Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:25 pm UTC

I don't want a 3D printer until it can print other, smaller, 3D printers.
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Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

Postby not baby Newt » Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:36 pm UTC

If nuke printing was possible, it'd be a similar legal situation to lock picks. Perhaps anyone with a printer would be eligible for prosecution for preparation of criminal activities. Later the only legal ones are locked down like an Xbox/ps3 and no creativity allowed. Incidently lobbied for by fashion industries etc.
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