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I've had an idea for a product but need a prototype making. Can a 3D printer make a copy if the initial model is made from wood?

Any idea how much it costs?

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I've had an idea for a product but need a prototype making. Can a 3D printer make a copy if the initial model is made from wood?

Any idea how much it costs?

Yes and no.

You would need to make a 3D model on the computer first, so you could possibly use a 3d scanning service to build the 3D model and then use that with a 3D printer.

As for price, no idea. I have a quick look on the web and could only find the standard business type "email for a quote" ********, that always leads me to suspect it's not cheap. The only one I did see that had any suggestion of price was this...

2015 3D scanning prices start from only £600, for simple data collection, and from £990 for our premium service, both plus VAT at the current rate and with our prompt payment discount

http://3dengineers.co.uk/3d-scanning/

Although I would imagine that is the price because decent 3D scanning equipment is not cheap and a bit more complicated than a small prototype.

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Thanks Gilf, I don't know anything about 3D printing so, could it just be done from a computer model? It's not an intricate design, very straightforward in fact.

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we call this CAD/CAM from the old days.

Ah, had to look that up. That's probably all that would be needed so maybe no need for a prototype as I can cobble together some stuff for a trial run.

I was asking in terms of design>manufacture so maybe it's more simple than I thought. The concept, I think, is sound so I'm not sure if hawking a model for future orders would be necessary.

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Ah, had to look that up. That's probably all that would be needed so maybe no need for a prototype as I can cobble together some stuff for a trial run.

I was asking in terms of design>manufacture so maybe it's more simple than I thought. The concept, I think, is sound so I'm not sure if hawking a model for future orders would be necessary.

As this is HPC off topic I do feel compelled to ask, is it some sort of sex toy?

Only I can't imagine that the cure for ebola would be crafted from wood.

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hehe, no it's for neither even though end product would be made of plastic.

I must say I am embarrassed by my ignorance of manufacturing, but how do these things happen. Would I get someone to do a CAD, send it to China and get it made? Is it really that simple?

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hehe, no it's for neither even though end product would be made of plastic.

I must say I am embarrassed by my ignorance of manufacturing, but how do these things happen. Would I get someone to do a CAD, send it to China and get it made? Is it really that simple?

Pretty much. Why do you think everything is so cheap these days?

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Yes, having now looked into things a bit further I can see why. It's not something I'd usually be particularly interested in hence my ignorance.

So, not so complicated and an easier process than I realised.

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If you have invented something novel I STRONGLY advise you to file a patent application before you disclose the invention to ANYONE.

Initial filing is relatively straightforward, and gives you a year to file the full detailed application.

IANAL.

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I did wonder about that but to be honest it's nothing earth shattering just something that could be useful to a lot of people. Even if I got a patent surely it would be ripped off anyway?

The idea would be to hit the market hard and fast and by the time it was copied, hopefully there would be a brand.

Anyway I will look into the patent side, thanks for bringing it up :)

All might come to nothing off course. No doubt a lot of good ideas fall by the wayside but I think it's well worth the research.

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I did wonder about that but to be honest it's nothing earth shattering just something that could be useful to a lot of people. Even if I got a patent surely it would be ripped off anyway?

The idea would be to hit the market hard and fast and by the time it was copied, hopefully there would be a brand.

Anyway I will look into the patent side, thanks for bringing it up :)

All might come to nothing off course. No doubt a lot of good ideas fall by the wayside but I think it's well worth the research.

If you are looking to have it manufactured in China i would not bother with the patent save the money and invested it in stock from word go as the Chinese don't recognise/worry about such things ,if it`s a huge success they will copy it and sell the product on regardless, and i`m talking about the company that's making it for you

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If you are looking to have it manufactured in China i would not bother with the patent save the money and invested it in stock from word go as the Chinese don't recognise/worry about such things ,if it`s a huge success they will copy it and sell the product on regardless, and i`m talking about the company that's making it for you

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You can try and extend the period before it's mercilessly ripped off by doing the final assembly and packaging in the UK thus never disclosing the final product's purpose to the Chinese manufacturer or by attaching a very strong brand to the product.

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You can try and extend the period before it's mercilessly ripped off by doing the final assembly and packaging in the UK thus never disclosing the final product's purpose to the Chinese manufacturer or by attaching a very strong brand to the product.

Yes, that's the way I was thinking. Get it manufactured and plain packaged in China then do the final packaging with the product details on, in house.

They wouldn't have any idea what the product was to be used for, it could be any number of things.

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I did wonder about that but to be honest it's nothing earth shattering just something that could be useful to a lot of people. Even if I got a patent surely it would be ripped off anyway?

The idea would be to hit the market hard and fast and by the time it was copied, hopefully there would be a brand.

Anyway I will look into the patent side, thanks for bringing it up :)

All might come to nothing off course. No doubt a lot of good ideas fall by the wayside but I think it's well worth the research.

what, like post it notes....not worth a cent...

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