[Lab] Kossel Mini 3d printer thoughts

Darcy Whyte darcy at inventorartist.com
Wed Aug 31 13:27:55 EDT 2016

If you don't have a specific project why not check out some of the machines
around town?

There are a few lasers around to try out. Also a few CNCs and 3D printers.
CNCs are a little more sparse. There may be something at Ottawa U (I've not
been in, in a while). There are lots of them at Makerspace North. We have
meetups called Hack613 where you can get to see these machines in action
(perhaps even run a small project if you hang out enough).... We have all
three machines.

I personally think the first purchase (generically) should be a rotary,
then laser then 3d printer. This is based on price vs. overall usefulness.
I have all three machines so I'm fairly unbiased.

CNC machines are the best bang for the buck. They start at around 1000 for
a small machine such as these 3040 machines
You could go smaller to a 3020. Or try changing the search to 6040 and 6090
to get bigger machines.

Lasers same thing but slightly cheaper. I just searched CNC Laser in ebay
You can get by with one of those solid state ones (.5-5W), then you're much
under 500 dollars. There's a guy who comes to our meetups who has one of
those... it's easier to tote around than a 3D printer.

Then of course the third option is 3d Printers, I wont post links for that
as it looks like you've already shopped around.

Darcy Whyte

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On Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 1:05 PM, Olaf Baumann <olabau at gmail.com> wrote:

> I had considered lasers and cnc rotary cutters to be out of my price range
> but that might be an out-of-date point of view.  Though I do think cnc
> lasers are absolutely amazing.
> I don't have any _critical_ projects in mind, but have recently backed a
> kickstarter for 3d printed board game component designs (
> https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/391219638/frame-werx-
> affordable-modular-building-kit-files/description).  I thought I'd be
> happier making my own rather than using a service.
> If it is a matter of 'need', well then, I suppose I need all three :-)  I
> wonder, is there a natural progression of these three machines if the plan
> was to use one to build the next?
> --
> Olaf
> On 31 August 2016 at 10:42, Darcy Whyte <darcy at inventorartist.com> wrote:
>> Don't forget to consider lasers and cnc rotary cutters too. They're very
>> affordable and I would argue more practical too...
>> Do you know what you'll be making with the 3d printer yet? What you're
>> making can help decide what tools you need.
>> --
>> Darcy Whyte
>> Art+ inventorArtist.com <http://inventorartist.com/> | Aviation
>> rubber-power.com
>> Contact: darcy at inventorArtist.com | 613-563-3634 by appointment (no text)
>> On Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 10:34 AM, Olaf Baumann <olabau at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I'm teeting on the verge of taking my first step towards 3d printing.
>>> I've done some reading and feel the Kossel Mini (
>>> http://reprap.org/wiki/Kossel) is the one for me.
>>> I'm wondering if there are others on the mailing list with the Kossel
>>> that may have thoughts to share.
>>> I'm currently looking to buy from https://builda3dprinter.eu/.  The
>>> price for a mini is around CAD$550 before any taxes.
>>> --
>>> Olaf
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