How could 3D printing take reefing to the next level (or into an untapped space)?

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Do you think there is more to 3D printing in the Reef Aquarium Hobby that is yet to be realized?

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  • YES a little more

    Votes: 39 13.1%
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Happy Monday! Let's talk 3D Printing!

How could 3D printing take reefing to the next level (or into an untapped space)?

Do you think there is more to 3D printing in the Reef Aquarium Hobby that is yet to be realized?


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It's a complicated answer here. Just set my first printer up yesterday and then promptly wrecked it by scratching the bed.
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But I have a long list of things to print that will provide for parts that either I cannot find or cost far too much, think pod hotels, feeding rings, and frag racks.
 

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Been printing for over 4 years now. I have literally printed hundreds of things to use for my aquariums and others.

I come up with new stuff all the time.

I believe 3D printing hasn't even started to peak yet. The future will more than likely be larger resin printers. Or higher speed FDM. Currently testing a 250mm/s printer and it's doing pretty well.

Once we get printing times down significantly, it will make it more viable.
 

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Happy Monday! Let's talk 3D Printing!

How could 3D printing take reefing to the next level (or into an untapped space)?

Do you think there is more to 3D printing in the Reef Aquarium Hobby that is yet to be realized?


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That’s actually my design! I’ve been using it for 3+ years and get notified when my reservoir is low.

There is definitely more room for 3D printing in the hobby.
 

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I think 3d printing has way more applications yet to come than even just hobbies like reefing. I think we will see it a lot more
I have the same thought too. I think 3D printing is just starting to take off overall
 

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I think the sky is the limit when it comes to designing and 3d printing stuff for the hobby... look at this and tell me that there's not more to 3d printing that hasn't been realized yet.

Completely 3d printed wetsaw designed specifically for our hobby.

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Been printing for over 4 years now. I have literally printed hundreds of things to use for my aquariums and others.

I come up with new stuff all the time.

I believe 3D printing hasn't even started to peak yet. The future will more than likely be larger resin printers. Or higher speed FDM. Currently testing a 250mm/s printer and it's doing pretty well.

Once we get printing times down significantly, it will make it more viable.
Future with resin in aquariums? I'm not too sure about that...but in the real world absolutely. I would love if I was able to use my resin printer for my aquarium prints. Just prints better quality.
 

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I haven't set my new printer up yet.. but one of the first things I can't wait to make is some sort of mount for sicce return pumps that actually keeps those things sitting straight... the outlet on those pumps are too forward and these things never sit right... I have the 3.0, 6.0, and 9.0 or whatever the big one is, none of them will ever stay sitting straight.

I think some more innovation in screen tops could be out there too for the printers.
 

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Future with resin in aquariums? I'm not too sure about that...but in the real world absolutely. I would love if I was able to use my resin printer for my aquarium prints. Just prints better quality.
There actually are bio-compatible resins. I am hoping in the next couple of months to do more research with that resin as it relates to the hobby as a work side project. Would love some input from people and have discussions.
 

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Future with resin in aquariums? I'm not too sure about that...but in the real world absolutely. I would love if I was able to use my resin printer for my aquarium prints. Just prints better quality.

I believe we will have aquarium safe resins before long.
 

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There are millions of concepts that improve the hobbyist experience- I am sure 3D printing is here to stay!
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Now you can't go around posting pictures like this without providing a link for purchase. :)
 

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I think the sky is the limit when it comes to designing and 3d printing stuff for the hobby... look at this and tell me that there's not more to 3d printing that hasn't been realized yet.

Completely 3d printed wetsaw designed specifically for our hobby.

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Uhhh where is the instruction page for this?
 

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How could 3D printing take reefing to the next level (or into an untapped space)?

With many tank applications and new gadgets coming out, there is always a need for a better mount OR holder

Do you think there is more to 3D printing in the Reef Aquarium Hobby that is yet to be realized?

Ive seen a lot of unique applications not found via manufacturers and am convinced there are many out there. The new Neptune Level sensor is in need right now of a bracket to attach to Eurobracing. there was a prototype at MACNA but not available on the market.
 
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