Proposal: 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping

I created this topic primarily for 3D Printing, however Rapid Prototyping is becoming much more feasible in home, and there is a lot of other at-home equipment available for doing so, instead of just 3D printers.

What else could this site cover? And are there any other suggestions for a title?

My thoughts so far:

3D Printing
Laser Etching / Cutting
Digital Modeling (CAD)
Computer Controlled Cutting Devices (CNC)

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    You could broaden the topic far enough to make it a makers.StackExchange. It would include everything about tools/methods/etc. used by individuals or small groups of individuals to perform rapid prototyping. Home automation might fall under that too, but you could explicitly exclude that group if necessary/wanted.
    – Mast
    Commented Mar 30, 2015 at 13:44
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    How about this? Makers
    – Matt Clark
    Commented May 27, 2015 at 7:32
  • What happened to the link? Commented Aug 22, 2015 at 0:11
  • There were too few followers / propsed questions and the proposal for Makers was shutdown.
    – Matt Clark
    Commented Aug 22, 2015 at 0:12

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For a title, how about "3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing"?

I don't see how sub-topics could be created, would they be separate sites?

  • CNC isn't additive manufacturing though, so that is a bit too narrow.
    – Daniel M.
    Commented Oct 8, 2015 at 2:03
  • @DanielM. CNC is not just additive manufacturing, but additive manufacturing is CNC. CNC is all productions controlled by computers.
    – WalterV
    Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 11:23
  • @WalterVilla I should have been more specific- CNC milling isn't additive.
    – Daniel M.
    Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 12:02
  • @DanielM. That makes sense. Sorry ;).
    – WalterV
    Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 14:18

A much broader topic, as mentioned could be simply Makers.

As 3D printing is a narrow scope, this wide topic of makers still reaches the same audience, but can also include all topic of design, rapid prototyping, tooling, methods, and suggestions for people to get help on their latest project.


All about digital manufacturing, 3d scanning, design (3d modelling) and production (milling, additive manufacturing and laser cutting). Rapid Prototyping I think could be comprehend microcontrollers like Arduino, RaspberryPI et similia

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    Came here to mention 3D modelling and design.
    – Marsh
    Commented Oct 14, 2015 at 22:22
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    "Digital Manufacturing" as a title gets my vote. Then use the site's scope explanation paragraph to refine the boundary. Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 5:24

Construction, repair, and modifications of 3D printers and related tools would be useful.


Your proposal could also include 3D Pens.

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