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15-Year-Old Developing a 3D Printer 10x Faster Than Anything On the Market

samzenpus posted about 5 months ago | from the greased-lightning dept.

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New submitter jigmypig writes: One of the main issues with 3D printers today is that they lack in one area; speed. A 15-year-old boy named Thomas Suarez is developing a 3D printer that he says is the most reliable, most advanced, and faster than any 3D printer on the market today. In fact he claims it is 10 times faster than any 3D printer ever created. "There's something that makes me want to keep going and keep innovating," he says, laughing at being asked if he'd be better off outside climbing trees or riding a bike. "I feel that my interests will always lie in technology. Maybe I should go outside more but I just really like this stuff."

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He's 15... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394183)

What 15 year old is outside climbing trees and riding bikes? Maybe they meant to ask if his time might be better spent hanging out at the mall and texting his friends.

Re:He's 15... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394307)

not all of grew up in a sweat shop loser.

Re:He's 15... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394817)

> not all of grew up in a sweat shop loser.

I think you meant 'looser'. Your use of the correct word conflicts with the rest of your sentence.

Re:He's 15... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394341)

Have to been to the malls lately? No one hangs out there anymore.

Re:He's 15... (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about 5 months ago | (#47394689)

on top of that most malls dont allow kids in without a parent anymore, especially on weekends. at least the ones around me anyway

Re:He's 15... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394861)

Sorry. I meant the Walmart parking lot.

Re:He's 15... (1)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 5 months ago | (#47394799)

What 15 year old is outside climbing trees and riding bikes?

It is a stupid question in any case. The average American spends more than 40 hours a week watching TV. Creative, ambitious people that actually get stuff done, tend to watch far less. The presumption that his accomplishments come at the expense of "riding bikes" is idiotic.

Another child making unsupported claims (4, Insightful)

frovingslosh (582462) | about 5 months ago | (#47394187)

Great claims. Nothing to back them up.

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394219)

If an adult made this same claim without backing we'd label them a scam artist.

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (2)

NatasRevol (731260) | about 5 months ago | (#47394715)

Or a startup/large corporation/VC.

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (3, Funny)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about 4 months ago | (#47395031)

Or a flexible funding kickstarter campaign

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (4, Informative)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 5 months ago | (#47394871)

If an adult made this same claim without backing we'd label them a scam artist.

Except he really isn't claiming much. It is easy to make a 3D printer go fast, if you don't care about quality. Many existing 3D printers have a "fast" mode for quick prototypes, and a "slow" mode for higher quality parts. Of course, it is hard to get speed and quality, but I don't see where he says he can do that. Also, I don't see where he claims it is 10x faster than "any existing" printer, as the summary says. He only claims that it is 10x faster than a Makerbot.

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (3, Informative)

Guspaz (556486) | about 4 months ago | (#47394921)

I will quote the kid's own video on the subject (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1Clhn9t-u8)

"The most advanced, the most reliable, the fastest 3D printer ever created"

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (2)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 4 months ago | (#47395037)

"The most advanced, the most reliable, the fastest 3D printer ever created"

He says it is "fastest", but he does NOT say it is "ten times faster" as the summary claims. He also says it is "advanced" and "reliable" but neither of those adjectives necessarily imply that it is precise.

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394223)

A simple Google search will reveal that this kid is gifted with intelligence.

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394255)

Doesn't matter what he's gifted with. Let's see the results of his work before we start fellating him on the internet.

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394315)

Your post is dripping with jealousy.

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (5, Insightful)

mindwhip (894744) | about 5 months ago | (#47394591)

No I wouldn't call it jealousy. I'd call it science.

People can claim all they want but without evidence, repeatable test results and peer review its worthless.

And just because they have some 'patent pending' tech doesn't mean they have either a working printer that does what they claim or a patent that's worth anything or even a design that is actually patentable. For all we know the patent is in fact worthless and they are trying to sell it to someone before they realise...

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | about 4 months ago | (#47394999)

Ah yes, appeal to emotion, what a compelling retort.

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394337)

Careful there. That would be pedophilia.

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about 4 months ago | (#47395051)

But apparently anything you add "....on the internet" or "... on a computer" makes it something completely different.

At least it is if you go the the East Texas District Court.

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394267)

My Google search didn't. He made a simple phone app(involving Just Bieber) at some point and has notoriety for that.

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394497)

I am intimidated by the possibility that some 15 year old kid might be smarter than me. Therefore, I will piss on his parade so long as I can find any excuse to do so.

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (2)

jeIIomizer (3670945) | about 5 months ago | (#47394635)

Someone's criticizing someone who I've arbitrarily declared to be 'too young.' Therefore, I will make unfounded remarks about how jealous they must be, as if that ad hominem will debunk any of their arguments.

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (0)

meerling (1487879) | about 5 months ago | (#47394803)

Sorry to hear you have such a fragile ego.
Too bad you would rather do some rather unhealthy mental things than apply a little skepticism towards some unsubstantiated and extraordinary claims.
Do you always have these psychological breaks when someone questions the hype-engine?
I guess the various summer guaranteed blockbuster movies tend to be a great source of unanticipated despair for you.

It boils down to this. Somebody with relatively little experience and training in a particular field has just claim he can outdo the activities of numerous others in the field, including full blown corporations, by an industry shocking factor of 10, and yet has shown no substantiated proof of this amazing deed, and yet some people want to lambaste the skeptics for demanding proof before cowtowing to the new supposed paradigm of 3d printing.
This is a case where his age is an obvious and extremely blatant indication of his unavoidably limited experience and training, which doesn't preclude him from having done exactly what he claims, but without the necessary proof to back it up, it's just more hype and not substantiation. Had this been a 34 year old landscaper that had been messing with tech for the last 8 years, and got into experimenting with 3d printing in the last 3, would you still be hailing these wild claims as the word of god and attacking those that want proof, or would you have instead be heckling the upstart that dared to claim he's better than everyone else in that field?

Somebody is being pretty arrogant and foolish, and it's not the skeptics.

Now it is possible the kid has found something that everyone else missed, it happens all the time in innovation, but don't put money on it until there's proof since most of those types of claims are at best huge exaggerations, and sometimes even outright lies.

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394631)

My brother has a son who was considered gifted at that age too. Today he's a 20-something college drop out who has never held a real job in his entire life and hides in his bedroom for all but the most important (he's getting food or gifts of some kind) occasions. Slashdot is filled with people like this. Being gifted means nothing.

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (3, Insightful)

sir-gold (949031) | about 4 months ago | (#47395057)

It's hard to fit into a world where the average person really is dumber than you.

Re: Another child making unsupported claims (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47395203)

Yes, that attitude does seem like it's make it hard to fit in. As someone who scored above the 99th percentile of the Mensa tests (since I assume that's what you call smart), I can assure you that being that kind of "smarter" than most people doesn't mean crap by itself.

And yes, I'm posting anonymously because I actively don't want people to know about that. And the test is just the "qualifying test" - there's no way of pay the yearly fee to be a member of the "can't make friends club." Those kind of people are the ones I don't usually want to hang around to begin with.

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47395211)

WHY THE FUCK do you feel the need to fit the fuck in?

This is one of the most bullshit statements I have ever seen on Slashdot. No one "needs" to fit in. Do your own fucking thing. Like billions of others do.

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47395327)

That sounds very much like a human behavorial sink. [wikipedia.org]

I don't say this to discount your point (as uncustomary as that may be), but just to suggest that something other than their intelligence may be influencing their behavior. Also, we shouldn't be too quick to judge them too harshly. Yes, they aren't being as productive as they could be, but they are also facing circumstances that make their behavior a lot more rational than it would be for similar people in slightly different circumstances.

Success often requires putting up with a lot of stuff that one dislikes. Facing such a prospect requires more than aptitude, it also requires impetus. While we might enjoy putting people who lack drive, and feeling superior to them because we have drive and have done good things with it...the fact is drive is an emotional phenomena. Without the right environment and incentives, it simply cannot develop.

People who are remarkably intelligent often find that they experience rejection whenever sharing their true feelings with others. Their of-average-intelligence peers can't follow their reasoning, and find what they say to be intimidating or incomprehensible. A prolonged experience of such rejection will rob anyone of their emotional impetus. Eventually, any sane person would just stop trying.

So, when we say someone is not being as productive as they should, in essence we are saying "you aren't sufficiently serving my needs." (I won't defend that statement, the proof is left to the student). The problem is....when the reward we offer them for all the things we think they should be doing for us is not sufficient to incite them to act...why shouldn't they just bum around and brood? We need to give them something better than criticism if we are to instill the impetus to succeed.

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (1)

spire3661 (1038968) | about 4 months ago | (#47394993)

So are most of us on this forum. It doesnt mean we get to make wild claims.

Kid's on track for silicon valley (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394235)

All Silicon Valley big shots got to where they are by self promoting things and making big claims.

Look at the current darling of SV - Musk - he's been saying shit about puting people on Mars.

And this kid? Who knows? Maybe he's gonna do it with Legos.

Re:Kid's on track for silicon valley (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394301)

Musk doesn't live, nor work, in Silicon Valley.

Re:Kid's on track for silicon valley (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394443)

Well he's CEO of Tesla, which is in Palo Alto. That fits pretty much any definition of working in SV.

Note the post didn't say he lived or worked in SV, just that he's "the current darling of SV". He's definitely a topic that comes up frequently here in the bay area.

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394253)

Still impressive though. How many 15 year olds do you see developing vaporware these days?

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (1)

mindwhip (894744) | about 5 months ago | (#47394603)

Lets just call it 'growing trend'

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (2)

ganjadude (952775) | about 5 months ago | (#47394695)

when I was 15 i had developed all sorts of vaporware, i think the real question is what 15 year old out there is NOT full of vaporware??

Another child making unsupported claims (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394609)

Exactly. And something to back up the contrary.

Thomas' most popular creation to date is "Bustin Jieber," a smartphone game that allows people to pretend to whack pop star Justin Bieber to make him scream and it all happens to the Benny Hill theme song.

Another teen ""genius"". Big media is pushing these guys all the time, probably to fuel another tech bubble to be popped so that the legitimate businesses (i.e. not this guy) can be bought up on the cheap. Same'ol same'ol ...

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (3, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 5 months ago | (#47394615)

Another future CEO. Just great.

Re:Another child making unsupported claims (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394719)

Kind of a rule: when headlines mention youngster innovator's age, shit ain't gonna happen.

It's just all about "aww cute".

No shit (5, Insightful)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | about 5 months ago | (#47394781)

Slashdot needs to knock it off with these "Child genius is going to totally upstage all those stupid companies and make something amazing!" stories they run some time. The thing is, they are essentially never true and we as geeks should know better.

Smart kids often have the problem of thinking they know everything. They have the brains to be well above their peers at pretty much everything, and so have a confidence in their knowledge and intelligence, but lack the experience to understand the limitations of both in the larger world. Hence they'll think that they have found an "obvious" solution to a problem in the world that nobody else has managed to think of. I'm sure most of us felt like that at one time or another as children.

However, it turns out that smart kids become smart adults, and those smart adults get job making the thing we use, solving the problems we have, and so on. So, usually if there's something that hasn't been solved, the reason is that there is NOT a simple solution. There isn't something that a kid will just say "Oh look, here's a better way to do it." Rather it is a complex problem and thus the solutions are complex.

So Slashdot needs to quit with stories on shit like this unless there' something to back it up. A printer actually gets released based on this kids design? Ok that's a story. Some kid says he can do way better than anyone else? That's not a story. That is, to quote the Reapers, "A confidence borne of ignorance." It's not news.

Re:No shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47395043)

Slashdot needs to knock it off with these "Child genius is going to totally upstage all those stupid companies and make something amazing!" stories they run some time.

Slashdot? I see these moronic puff pieces about child geniuses everywhere. Yes, it's too bad Slashdot isn't better than that, but it didn't start this at all.

Re:No shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47395091)

Smart kids often have the problem of thinking they know everything. They have the brains to be well above their peers at pretty much everything, and so have a confidence in their knowledge and intelligence, but lack the experience to understand the limitations of both in the larger world. Hence they'll think that they have found an "obvious" solution to a problem in the world that nobody else has managed to think of.

I think you've just described half of the adults on Slashdot.

10X faster than a slug isn't hard to believe (1)

raymorris (2726007) | about 4 months ago | (#47394909)

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

Current machines take an entire day or more to print something. It's not at all hard to believe that someone got it down to an hour for a 3" * 3" print. In fact, I'd be surprised if someone DIDN'T do that very soon.

Because he's claiming to have done something that I fully expected someone to do rather soon, I don't see any reason to think he's lying.

Re:10X faster than a slug isn't hard to believe (0, Troll)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 4 months ago | (#47395121)

He's not claiming he has. He's saying he will. A kid claiming he's going to do something he won't isn't news.

Oh, he's also a Glasshole. Which is another reason to assume he's full of shit.

Bet it doesn't work (2)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394193)

One of the main reasons 3D printers are slow is that bad things happen when you try to go too fast, such as warping. Unless he's created a new material, he's not going to fix that.

Re:Bet it doesn't work (4, Informative)

serviscope_minor (664417) | about 5 months ago | (#47394417)

Yep. Also, adhesion starts to be a problem at high speed.

The printers can move their parts much, much faster than they print at, and they typically do so when positioning a head without extruding. They can also churn out plastic pretty fast too, though you have to crank the heat way up to get the temperature hot enough for the fastest extrusion.

If that's the problem then a series of pre-heaters could work, but I don't think the raw speed is the problem with these machines.

It's why one does the outer layers slowly. You get better precision that way.

Re:Bet it doesn't work (2)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about 5 months ago | (#47394449)

You could go old school and do it like a dot matrix printer with 10 heads in parallel.

Re:Bet it doesn't work (1)

Electricity Likes Me (1098643) | about 5 months ago | (#47394517)

I was going to criticize this, but actually this seems like it would work. You could feed a single spool into a common melt chamber, and then use needle valves on the heads to control whether specific points extruded. All the benefits of a small nozzle diameter without the draw back when filling in large items.

Re:Bet it doesn't work (2)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about 5 months ago | (#47394567)

Well it's out now, so no naughty patenting the idea.

Re:Bet it doesn't work (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394633)

Cant have one melt chamber and many nozzle. The plastic would harden if a nozzle is not used fast enough in the matrix.

Re:Bet it doesn't work (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | about 5 months ago | (#47394727)

So, you can't heat the nozzles together, but control the flow separately?

Why not?

Re:Bet it doesn't work (1)

queazocotal (915608) | about 5 months ago | (#47394677)

Use a moderate power diode laser to preheat the bit you're just about to deposit onto to optimal adhesion temperature.

Re:Bet it doesn't work (2)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about 5 months ago | (#47394701)

Yes, I think lasers are a necessary component.

Re:Bet it doesn't work (2)

jd2112 (1535857) | about 5 months ago | (#47394825)

Yes, I think lasers are a necessary component.

Only where sharks are involved.

Re:Bet it doesn't work (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 4 months ago | (#47394933)

Just put the whole damn thing into a cheap Chinese plastic annealing oven. Check Alibaba; shouldn't be more then a few hundred bucks.

Temperature might be a little tricky, if you used too many plastic parts making your 3d printer, they might melt lose strength if you set the temperature too high.

Re:Bet it doesn't work (1)

Bartles (1198017) | about 4 months ago | (#47395197)

You just feed into a heated hopper that keeps a larger volume of molten plastic, instead of doing the melting at the print head which requires high localized heat.

speed is not really what they're lacking (3, Insightful)

Trepidity (597) | about 5 months ago | (#47394195)

Sure, speed would be nice, but this is not really true:

One of the main issues with 3D printers today is that they lack in one area; speed.

3D printers lack in a whole lot of areas, and speed is not at the top of the list. There are a ton of things that you can't do with a 3d printer because the parts are too large, too intricate, need different materials than 3d printers can handle, or are too expensive to 3d print. As more of those problems are solved, the range of things you can plausibly 3d print expands significantly. Now once you can print something in 12 hours, it's great if you could print it in 2 hours or 20 minutes instead, but just being able to do it at all is the biggest step.

Re:speed is not really what they're lacking (2)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 5 months ago | (#47394373)

I'd add 'reliability' to that list. 3D printers currently have no feedback: If something goes wrong they keep shooting noodles. That means they need to be supervised, and for many prints there is an element of luck so it might take some hours to get a good result. I'm on attempt three to print a small box right now - the first two failed due to bad adhesion. I've just put down new kapton, but this one is already looking iffy.

I think the edges of the print bed are cooler than the center, causing warping.

Re:speed is not really what they're lacking (2)

serviscope_minor (664417) | about 5 months ago | (#47394403)

I'm guessing from the description that you're printing with ABS. Is that right? And if so, are you priming the kapton (or bluetape) with ABS juice before the print?

I've found that that helped a great deal except that sometimes the print was rather hard to remove from the base.

Re:speed is not really what they're lacking (1)

Electricity Likes Me (1098643) | about 5 months ago | (#47394533)

Blue Bostic glue stick on glass works fantastically for me so far.

Re:speed is not really what they're lacking (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 5 months ago | (#47394593)

Tried ABS juice once, didn't seem to do much for me.

I'm trying something new: Big brim, right up to the edge of the platform. Add clothespegs to hold it down!

Re:speed is not really what they're lacking (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 5 months ago | (#47394623)

If this fails I'm just going to switch back to PLA. I'm only using ABS for this because I've not got much PLA left to hand right now and want to practice getting large ABS prints to work. In my experience PLA is much less prone to warping.

Re:speed is not really what they're lacking (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394643)

From what you stated above it seems like that's shit too.

Re:speed is not really what they're lacking (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 5 months ago | (#47394653)

Idea: Replace aluminium build platform with steel. Use magnets to anchor things down!

Re:speed is not really what they're lacking (1)

fermion (181285) | about 5 months ago | (#47394377)

but to a kid speed is all that matters. It is fast, are the explosions cool. The thing with a 3D printer is that the layers have to be laid accurately. I suspect any 3d printer can go fast if you leave accuracy. The same is true with inkjet, where my old $500 epson is not as fast as a $50 cannon, but it renders images better.

Re:speed is not really what they're lacking (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394823)

Are you trying to ruin his fake company ??

Lacking details (4, Interesting)

MrLogic17 (233498) | about 5 months ago | (#47394197)

It would be nice if there was a video, picture, or something to substantiate all of these claims.

I welcome advances in this field, but the wunderkind trope has been played too many times lately
.
 

Lacking details (4, Insightful)

MatthiasF (1853064) | about 5 months ago | (#47394751)

What...the high intensity youtube video with techno-music and flying text wasn't enough proof?

Man, what are they gonna have to do to get through to you... make it work or something?

Re:Lacking details (1)

rolfwind (528248) | about 4 months ago | (#47395225)

I actually think the whole thing was a ruse to sell his Bustin' Jieber app.

1. Make 3D printing claim. (Bonus for wearing Google Glasses while doing so.)
2. People check you out.
3. ???
4. Profit!

Having a ready to buy shitty app fits neatly into #3. The fact is that the school seems to incentivize kids towards bullshit business lingo, innovating this and that. I doubt their math and science is that strong as the Bullshit Dept. I applaud them requiring kids to have a business though.

Smoke and mirrors, razzle and dazzle. Congrats kid, you have a bright future in this country.

He claims? (2)

Tablizer (95088) | about 5 months ago | (#47394203)

"I am Superman and I can kick your house in!"

Re:He claims? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394229)

I'm stronger than you! I can lift an entire house!

-Adorable things kids say

Re:He claims? (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 5 months ago | (#47394413)

What is this? An house for ANTS?

Re:He claims? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394697)

"AN house"? How American. You idiot. Why do AMERICANS keep putting 'an' instead of 'a', and vice versa? Are you that stupid?

Re:He claims? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394767)

I'm pretty sure he's British and doesn't pronounce the "h" similar to "an hour." Just imagine it in that context, maybe in a cockney access.

"says" (2)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394213)

Call me when he actually made one.

Meh. (2)

Skarjak (3492305) | about 5 months ago | (#47394237)

Generally, if they have to hype the age of the person developping it, it's because there's not a whole lot of substance there. Call me when he ships something interesting.

Another dumb shit from 3Dprint.com (5, Insightful)

Thantik (1207112) | about 5 months ago | (#47394273)

Eddie Krassenstein and cohorts, have been at this constantly for the past months. They have made up so many stories, which lack any kind of verification. Do not trust anything that comes from 3Dprint.com. It's just a bunch of marketing assholes trying to make their web-property more valuable by pumping out bullshit that people scoop up and retransmit. Slashdot, please don't stoop this low.

Re:Another dumb shit from 3Dprint.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394463)

And as you can see from the 3Dprint [3dprint.com] link, the kid is a glasshole to boot.

Re:Another dumb shit from 3Dprint.com (0)

ganjadude (952775) | about 5 months ago | (#47394735)

and what does his use of googleglass have to do with anything? i would think googleglass would be great for hardware engineering due to being able to place schematics right in front of you without hindering your flow.

there are legit reasons to use glass, just because the people in san fran hate it, doesnt make it the devil

I'm 13 and my printer is 20x faster! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394339)

No proof of concept but this kid doesn't have one either. Where's MY article?

Speed isn't the problem... yet (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394345)

Like a lot of other people have stated right now Speed really isn't an issue. It isn't like you need to be tethered to your 3D printer the whole time it is doing its thing. You just have to make sure it gets the first layer to adhere and then you can pretty much go do anything else while it does its finishes up. Popping in to check on it once and a while to make sure everything hasn't gone pearshaped.

Even for really lengthy prints (4-5hrs+) it still beats the heck out of ordering parts and the week+ for them to arrive.

What 3D printers really need is better resolution and reliability.

Re:Speed isn't the problem... yet (1)

SuricouRaven (1897204) | about 5 months ago | (#47394385)

Depends on your printer. I've one of the low-cost ones, a K8200, and it is unreliable enough that it needs supervision. Still, for four hundred quid, I'm very happy with it. I imagine if I'd paid up for the thousand-plus-quid high end models it'd work much better. ... and I hear the fan running. That's supposed to be disabled for ABS! I'll go pull the cable out for it.

Hmmm... (1, Insightful)

drew_92123 (213321) | about 5 months ago | (#47394353)

*cough* bullshit *cough*

I should start a company... (0)

Karmashock (2415832) | about 5 months ago | (#47394379)

Get ready to travel through time and eat cake while you do it!

My company with patent pending technology will let you travel through time while eating cake.

Our first model will provide chocolate cake. But additional versions already planned will offer carrot, cheese, and even ice cream cake. We even have versions that include pie while you time travel. Pie.

Seriously though... and no disrespect to the kid, I'd love to see how he's proposing to do it. If he's come up with something no one else has thought of yet then I hope he can monetize it because that would be pretty great.

Re:I should start a company... (1)

marciot (598356) | about 5 months ago | (#47394723)

Get ready to travel through time and eat cake while you do it!

My company with patent pending technology will let you travel through time while eating cake.

Sorry, I got prior art on this. Everytime I find myself eating birthday cake I am shocked that I've traveled one year though time. It really sucks (the time travel, not the cake).

Re:I should start a company... (1)

Karmashock (2415832) | about 4 months ago | (#47394885)

Hey hey... that's your life. To say you hate it is to say you hate your life. :)

sure we all get older and one day will die... but we had fun getting there.

A 3D Printing Idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394383)

I have an idea for a different kind of 3D printer, but have not had the funds to make it real. I am sure there is tons of good ideas out there that never reach market simply because people don't have the resources to make them happen. With a huge segment of the world population trying to figure out where the next meal is coming from its easy to see how a large number of great world changing ideas never make it anywhere.

Bet his father is an engineer (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394401)

I've seen far too many "whizkid makes incredible invention" turn out to be "parent's pet project attributed to kid for fame and glory". School science projects are not meant to be an exercise in outsourcing to parents either.

Patent Pending? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394435)

Great, so now we highlight articles about children that are patenting a product even though his main source of experience is based off open source designs.

I count this as a great loss in humanity.

KAST? (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 5 months ago | (#47394445)

Is it similar to the KAST 3D Printer [3dprint.com] ?

Frankly, I'm putting better hopes into this kind of technology, for single-material printing. It's like a RepRap is an old plotter and the KAST is a laser printer that can print the whole page at the same time.

15-Year-Old Developing a Time Machine 10x Faster (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394527)

One of the main issues with time machines today is that they lack in one area; speed. A 14-year-old boy named Hidalgo Esteban Churrovar is developing a time machine that he says is the most reliable, most advanced, and faster than any time machine on the market today. In fact he claims it is 10 times faster than any time machine ever created. "There's something that makes me want to keep going and keep innovating," he says, laughing at being asked if he'd be better off in a tech start-up building 3D printers or respecting the laws of physics. "I feel that my interests will always lie in making unsubstantiated claims. Maybe I should do actual things more but I just like someone finally paying attention to me."

business model (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47394597)

1. Make unsubstantiated claims.
2. Read Slashdot responses for ideas on how to actually do it.
3. Patent, but don't actually do it.
4. Someone else independently does it.
5. Sue.
6. Profit!

Steps 3-5 may be replaced with actually doing it, but I'm too jaded...

15 year old marketing genius? (4, Insightful)

sstamps (39313) | about 5 months ago | (#47394641)

Though that marketing video, while "snazzy", is pretty pedestrian, as marketing videos go.

There are some bona fide "kid geniuses" out there who have done amazing things (though many with lots of help from family/friends/other adult geniuses). That said, there are 100 times more who talk a good line, but have nothing to show for it.

I'll wait until I see the goods before I pronounce anyone "kid genius".

Suarez? (2)

Rashdot (845549) | about 5 months ago | (#47394709)

I hope he doesn't use his teeth to create 3D objects.

Buzzword Bingo (1)

Lije Baley (88936) | about 5 months ago | (#47394729)

B.S. Crapload's law of buzzwords: Anyone who says they are "innovating" is almost certainly NOT.

Having designed and built a 3D printer (3, Insightful)

mark_reh (2015546) | about 4 months ago | (#47394877)

I am skeptical. If you're using FDM, I think that in order to print 10X faster, you can't use either ABS or PLA. The print head of the machine will have to be very low mass, which also rules out plastics with high melt temperatures like ABS and PLA. I don't think FDM printing can achieve a 10X speed increase.

If you go to stereolithography where you're using a projector to harden a photopolymer, you might achieve a 10X speed increase with the right chemistry and the right light source.

Without any evidence of what the kid is doing or even knowing if he has built an operational prototype, meh. All sorts of people claim all sorts of stuff on the internet without backing any of it up.

Re:Having designed and built a 3D printer (1)

Megol (3135005) | about 4 months ago | (#47394949)

Well one could use several print heads in parallel. The theory is straight forward but getting it working in practice would be quite tricky.
Another way to do it (speeding up 3D printing) could be using selective laser melting of plastic powder.

The article, if one can call it that, is useless anyway.

Where have I seen these claims before? (2)

HockeyPuck (141947) | about 4 months ago | (#47394895)

Every few years we come across one of these articles where some teen claims an amazing breakthrough

16yr old and Encryption [slashdot.org]

17yr old nuclear bomb detector [slashdot.org] Note that he claims he built a nuclear reactor when he was 14..

Can I get an article if I write a blog when I discuss some unsubstantiated claims that my golden retriever has found a way to increase the aerial density of a HD by 100x based upon chew marks in a shank bone?

When I was 15... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47395313)

I had already started construction on a spaceship, planned to start a multinational company, and spent a lot of my time thinking about the girl who sat next to me in biology class.
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