Amazon opens 3D printing store, sells customizable stuff

Amazon has sure come a long way from their roots as an online bookstore. They've since expanded to sell everything from music to groceries and everything in between. The company even produces their own hardware now, including the Fire Phone and the set-top Fire TV, expanding into almost every aspect of what a customer may want to purchase.

Today the company is adding something else to their store: The ability for customers to purchase items printed from a 3D printer, and customized for each individual customer. The new "3D Printing Store" sells a variety of unique items, including bobbleheads made to look like you, tiny plastic swords where you design the color, blade, hilt, grip, and pommel, and various phone cases.

It looks like most of the items are not sold through Amazon directly, but rather through third parties like Mixee Labs and 3DLT, companies that specialize in creating and selling printed items. Currently, Amazon appears to be the middleman for these companies, but we suspect if demand is high that they'll start running their own printers, although we doubt that 3D printed guns will be for sale anytime in the near future.

In addition to the items themselves, the store also includes books and software, such as AutoCAD, that assist in using the printing technology.

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Hello,

Actually, I think one would really want to be careful about 3-D printing sex toys, particularly insertables, as they would likely present some additional challenges:

1. Essentially, they have to be made out of the same kinds of materials the FDA recognizes and grades as "food-safe." While such items should always be used with a prophylactic, there may be some times when they get used incorrectly, and you definitely don't want surfaces/materials that are difficult to clean, can easily harbor bacteria, etc.

2. While designs are somewhat traditional, I have to assume that some material science engineering goes into designing items to ensure not just their safety, but that they will provide years of trouble-free use. Items need to be tested so that should they fail catastrophically, they do not damage anyone, or require a visit to the emergency room or surgery to remove.

3. Quality control. I would have some concerns about the surfaces and finishes on 3-D printed items. I have seen quite a few items printed from plastic filament, and they tend to be rough. I don't think anything that is 3-D printed using these materials would be very comfortable.

Anyhow, those are just a few concerns I came up with after thinking about the issue for a few moments. I'm sure you can think of others.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

goretsky said,
Hello,

Actually, I think one would really want to be careful about 3-D printing sex toys, particularly insertables, as they would likely present some additional challenges:

1. Essentially, they have to be made out of the same kinds of materials the FDA recognizes and grades as "food-safe." While such items should always be used with a prophylactic, there may be some times when they get used incorrectly, and you definitely don't want surfaces/materials that are difficult to clean, can easily harbor bacteria, etc.

2. While designs are somewhat traditional, I have to assume that some material science engineering goes into designing items to ensure not just their safety, but that they will provide years of trouble-free use. Items need to be tested so that should they fail catastrophically, they do not damage anyone, or require a visit to the emergency room or surgery to remove.

3. Quality control. I would have some concerns about the surfaces and finishes on 3-D printed items. I have seen quite a few items printed from plastic filament, and they tend to be rough. I don't think anything that is 3-D printed using these materials would be very comfortable.

Anyhow, those are just a few concerns I came up with after thinking about the issue for a few moments. I'm sure you can think of others.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

you can always put a condom on the dildo and you wont have to worry about the material its made of

Hello,

I briefly alluded to this in point #1, above (see 'prophylactic'), however, it bears further elaboration: One should always use a condom with any kind of insertable object, and the condom removed and the object cleaned before being reused.

Also, the insertable object itself needs to be "condom-compatible, as well. That would (at least) mean that (a) a condom can be applied over the object and used without tearing; and (b) that the condom will remain in place during use.

It just occurred to me that another issue would be that any 3-D printed sex toys would need to be compatible with water- and/or oil-based lubricants, and clearly labeled as to which it was and was not compatible with, as you don't want it melting, cracking, splintering or otherwise breaking from exposure to them.

Also, they would need to be cleanable (sterilizable) by conventional means. They don't necessarily have to withstand an autoclaving (although it would be good if they were), but cleaning with hot water and soap, as well as hospital-grade disinfectancts like Barbicide/Mar-V-Cide/etc.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

That's rather cool.. be nice if you could upload your own models, could have some fun with that without having to buy your own printer.

You would still have to buy the serialized lower receiver (since the serialized part is what the background check gets run on), chamber and barrel from a licensed dealer. It would be cool though if companies started selling plastic components, like pistol grips, stocks, etc. on there.