Proposal: 3D Printers, Laser Cutters, & Personal Manufacturing

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    I think it kind of is covered by the "Personal Manufacturing" label
    – Paul Tyng
    Commented Feb 20, 2012 at 2:17
  • How about in the full description (or is that only for the proposal process)? Commented Feb 20, 2012 at 12:01
  • Yeah probably a good fit there, I agree.
    – Paul Tyng
    Commented Feb 20, 2012 at 16:41

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I'd end up calling most of the machines mentioned cnc machines. They all run off pretty much the same hardware/firmware.

  • I'd agree with that, there's a bunch of subtle details, but conceptually the only difference between an FDM printer, a CNC router and a laser cutter is the tool head. Commented Apr 10, 2012 at 12:06
  • @tolomea: The design of something that has to take high cutting forces would be different than a machine that simply needs to position a laser. That said I agree there are a lot of common aspects and I'd include all those (and more) under personal manufacturing.
    – Guy Sirton
    Commented Apr 14, 2012 at 3:39

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