sipbgod94, on Oct 27 2008, 06:03 PM, said:
Can everyone who's calling it cheap and ugly looking try and at least read a few pages of this post, that was supposedly a picture of the PROTOTYPE meaning it maybe be non working or a number of other things its clear that it is mostly a plastic clamshell as of now.
For Tippmann to be able to come up with a cost-effective design, it's very likely that they will have resorted to needing to go with an injection-molded plastic-based design to reach the price point that will maximize profitability and manufacturability; I wouldn't be at all surprised if that is a rapid prototype at all. Although nearly everybody I know hated them (either out of principle or becuase they tried using one with CO2 during winter and encountered the corresponding results), my experiences indicated that the Triumph has manufacturing tolerences and a fit and finish quality that puts the 98C, A5 and X7 to shame. Just becuase plastic was/is used doesn't make the quality of the product cheap; the manner in which the material is selected and utilized (properly versus improperly) is what will dictate how good or bad that the final product turns out.
Cesar, on Oct 27 2008, 09:49 PM, said:
and that definitely not rapid prototyping.....there were no printer lines...if anything it was either CNC'd of molded...and given Tippmanns production stye....its more than likely molded...
A lack of ridges (or "printer lines") doesn't mean it wasn't made via a rapid prototyping process nor does not using a traditional 3D printer mean that it wasn't created via a rapid prototyping process. Most rapid prototypes that make it to the point of being seen by the public get hand-finished to remove any ridges, braces, or other artifacts of an SLA or SLS machine. Additionally, rapid prototyping processes now exist that are best described as "tool-less casting" prototypes and can be done with both metals and polymers.
I'm content to wait and see how the as-released product turns out; to me, the idea of having to manipulate more than one location to facilitate reloading contradicts the purpose of going to a grip-frame-located magazine. I'd rather have a fully self-contained magazine to exchange for the purpose of reloading, not separate magazines and gas cartridges.
This post has been edited by josef_k: 29 October 2008 - 07:10 PM