[Lab] your personal experience with 3d printing

Tom Burns tom.i.burns at gmail.com
Mon Aug 24 15:42:54 EDT 2015

I own two 3d printers*

* if you consider kickstarter payment to be "ownership".. Neither have
shipped yet.  Peachy printer's a year overdue, and the Genesis Duo's now
talking about being 4 months or so late.

The technology's changing very quickly so I'd suggest you buy the best
available printer when you're ready, and not buy into a project that will
likely be out of date by the time it's ready.

On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 3:23 PM, Stephen Burke <steve at envirolaser.com>

> Hi Benoit,
> My personal experience over the past 6 years has taught me that if you
> want to build one, and this is your first 3D printer, make sure it is a
> VERY simple kit, otherwise it may become one of those unfinished projects.
> It would make sense in high school only if the focus was assembling a
> device, not necessarily using it.  You can expect to put 30 to 40 hours
> into assembling a 3D printer, and another 10+ making sure it works properly
> and consistently.
> If the need is to have a working 3D printer for use in class as a tool to
> make projects, then buy a printer that allows for generic filament and uses
> open source components and software.  Find something that can handle
> multiple materials (PLA, Nylon, ABS, Carbon Fibre, etc), has a heated build
> plate, and a large print volume (8” x 8” x 6” or larger is nice).  A
> machine like this will have very few limitations so it could be used for
> multiple projects.
> I sell 3D printers from MakerBot, ROBO, 3D Systems, Cubify, Full Spectrum
> and, maybe soon, Printrbot.  I also sell a wide variety of filaments from
> Taulman 3D, ColorFabb, FlashForge, Proto-pasta and MakerBot.
> Chances are, I will have the 3D printer and material that will suit your
> needs for your high school.
> Stephen Burke
> 3D Artist
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