Chicago, Illinois and Upper Peninsula, Michigan Joined April 30, 2011

Maker. Formerly an alternative energy company executive and investor. Documentary film company partner. Part-time wanna-be inventor. Pilkunnussija. Long-standing lover of elegant human-powered machines. My practice: go very quickly from napkin sketch to "physical sketch" (rough working prototype) - I like to know early on if my idea actually works in the real world. Wisdom: "entia non-sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem". **N.B. PIMPS-IN-PROPS WILL BE SUMMARILY DELETED**

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PILATUS added a new name for Popcorn Butter Bowl
1 day ago
PILATUS replied to a forum topic KILLED Product List.... Add as you hear of them...

I was certain Forge would go forward. I'm guessing price point was an issue?

2 days ago
PILATUS replied to a forum topic KILLED Product List.... Add as you hear of them...


That $299 unit you mentioned was what I had in mind in citing a bottom end of $300 - there are also other "kits" for 3D printers available in that price range.

Unlike the Form1, lower-priced printers will use FDM ("hot glue gun") instead of STL technology, so instead of the Form1's 25 micron (.001") resolution, cheaper units are likely to produce 100 to 300 micron resolution, which would be unacceptable for most retail products. Plus, on a per-unit basis material cost (filament) is unacceptably high and build time is WAY too long (it would likely take 10 hours to print a "Solo" hanger while injection molding would take seconds per unit).

Nick: we're on the same page - I initially thought you were surmising that 3D printing/distributed manufacturing was an immediate concern in product selection/development at Quirky.

2 days ago
PILATUS submitted a new idea
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2 days ago
PILATUS replied to a forum topic KILLED Product List.... Add as you hear of them...


While I agree that distributed manufacturing will eventually be a reality, it's not there yet.

Machine expense, available materials, technical ability, and surface finish are all factors preventing 3D printing from doing what you describe...yet.

You're looking at $300 - $3000+ for a home printer (many of which require assembly); a choice of only PLA or ABS; at least intermediate computer and hardware ability and an average 100 micron/.004" surface finish.

I've recently been playing with a $3,000 Makerbot 3D printer; a $300,000 Waterjet cutter; a $25,000 Tormach CNC Mill; $20,000 Laser cutter, etc. and I STILL would be hard-pressed to produce a passable version of even a relatively simple item like Whix even after weeks of effort. Distributed manufacturing is just not there yet (though yes, it is coming).

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Rebecca McGuire
9 days ago
Best of luck to you!
28 days ago
Ha! Technically, you can't add to infinity, but I was trying to one up you. Thanks for calling me out!
Rhonda Mc
about 1 month ago
Hey your Rich ! *ha ha* Congrats Pilatus on you winnings. Happy for you.
Donna Asauskas
about 1 month ago
congrats on your earnings!!
about 1 month ago
Thanks for following! I like how you work. Respect! Cheers!
Ernesto Tan
2 months ago
Sup! So , you are a maker ! Do you have a new project ?
Anita Voteforher
2 months ago
Yeah that would be great.
Nelda Smith
2 months ago
Enjoyed your forum response to Dan regarding inventions. Hopefully an inspiration boomerang.
Bradley Sippl
2 months ago
Thank you for following. Cool profile!
Frederick (Sky) Adams
2 months ago
Hi Thanks for following me
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