[Lab] your personal experience with 3d printing
jason.cobill at gmail.com
Wed Sep 2 14:39:49 EDT 2015
I'm not up on the gossip - what's Makerbot doing (or not doing) to
disenchant their user base?
I ask because if I was going to buy one, I'd probably consider them
first - they seem to have a pretty robust hardware and software product.
On Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 12:13 AM, j ross <waterfallclose at gmail.com> wrote:
> I own a Makerbot Replicator 2X and an Ultimaker 2. There are lots of
> great printers around right now, but after doing my own research I recently
> settled on the Ultimaker 2. Not cheap, but it's open, great quality, has
> all the points that Stephan mentioned (standard filament, heated bed, large
> print area, open, etc.) great community, good software, hackable and very
> reliable (as this gen of printers goes) and takes lots of different
> filaments. I've done many successful ABS and PLA prints with it - no
> problems so far. In my opinion, it's a solid, no regrets choice if it's
> within your budget.
> My Makerbot 2X is getting a brain transplant - the main board fried after
> the stepper cable came loose - too many demos. I've replaced it (almost
> done) with a smoothie board since I (like many others) have become quite
> disenchanted with Makerbot of late.
> On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 3:42 PM, Tom Burns <tom.i.burns at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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 likely be out of date by the time it's ready.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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