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Reddit reviews on BIC Xtra-Precision Mechanical Pencil, Metallic Barrel, Fine Point (0.5mm), 24-Count

Sentiment score: 3
Reddit mentions: 7

We found 7 Reddit mentions of BIC Xtra-Precision Mechanical Pencil, Metallic Barrel, Fine Point (0.5mm), 24-Count. Here are the top ones.

Mechanical pencil for everyday useSmooth writing lead does not smudge, erasing cleanlyIncludes 3 full-length, self-feeding leads

Found 7 comments on BIC Xtra-Precision Mechanical Pencil, Metallic Barrel, Fine Point (0.5mm), 24-Count:

u/ch00f · 5 pointsr/technology

So I think the problem here is a divide in what 3D printing is good for and what people are postulating it will be good for.

Let's consider your example of a mechanical pencil.

I can buy a 24 pack of fairly high quality mechanical pencils for $6.58 or around 30 cents a piece.

This is because mechanical pencils are very high volume products. Even with these decades-old non-3D printed methods of manufacturing (injection molding, metal rolling, etc) that require tons of startup costs such as cutting molds and other tooling fees, we can still make millions of plastic pencils for 40 cents a piece. If you want to tack on shipping or "drive to the store" fees, let's call it 40 cents a piece.

How could 3D printing possibly improve on that? It really can't. Any attempt to mass produce mechanical pencils with a machine not specifically designed for making mechanical pencils will necessarily make it less efficient or at the very best just as efficient. So why would we make an incredibly sophisticated 3D printing machine and bog it down with the menial task of producing pencils that we can already fab by the truckload using conventional methods?

Now let's say you're a construction foreman who lost part of his hand in a construction accident and are having trouble writing on your clipboard using a normal mechanical pencil. I can imagine a scenario where some kind of specially designed mechanical pencil could be made to fit the grip of your remaining digits, but the aforementioned tooling costs would prohibit this device from being made due to the fact that the global market for a device meant to fit your specific deformity is in the thousands at the most.

This is a scenario where 3D printing is EXCELLENT. I believe it will revolutionize things like medical prosthetics, and while I really doubt that this hypothetical pencil could be 3D printed for 40 cents, it could probably be made for a very affordable couple of dollars.

Unfortunately the media likes to postulate that 3D printing will allow you to download and print out a football or a pair of shoes. The only situation I can think of this being even remotely economical is perhaps in some kind of Moon colony where there isn't enough infrastructure to manufacture these things outright and the shipping costs from a proper manufacturer are too high.

For every other scenario, it will always be cheaper to produce a product with a specialized machine.

u/PaganPirate · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

$6.58 Pencils with free prime shipping! <3

u/raindropsandroses · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I was in the airport waiting on a delayed plane and I was reading a romance/psychological thriller book. I was so entranced by the psychologist- she was so poised, so smart, so sexy and so appealing! I knew I wanted to be just like this fictional woman. After that weekend trip, I came back to school and switched from education to psychology and never looked back.



And now I'm going back to school to earn my PhD and I would love to have these pencils 'cause herp derp I'm lost already and school hasn't even started. College Rulez!

u/mraheem · 1 pointr/drawing

charcoal pencils

doesnt have to be that one cause its a litttle $$ but thats what my firend bought me as well as

cheap but amazing mechanical pencils