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  1. #1
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    Solidoodle 3d printer costs less than $500!

    -Mr. 3d


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    Let's hope it'll work with Blender .OBJs without any trouble.
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    Nah. FOr the same price (actually quite a bit less), and custom (so I can repair it), I'd rather have this: http://reprap.org/wiki/Main_Page
    In fact, my Prusa pieces are on their way now. I'm getting a kit with most of the rest from eBay.

    Anyone know if there is an fbx to stl converter?
    The sleepless one! ZZzzzz

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    Wow! That's pretty awesome man!!! I'm looking into this for sure.

    Since many parts of RepRap are made from plastic and RepRap prints those parts, RepRap self-replicates by making a kit of itself - a kit that anyone can assemble given time and materials. It also means that - if you've got a RepRap - you can print lots of useful stuff, and you can print another RepRap for a friend...
    Crazy!
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    If you're serious, my friend... they are WELL organized now. You have the main wiki for plans and everything else you'll ever need already. But for a head start, here you go:

    The original lecture from the genius himself:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZfcETkbGWk

    How its done:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFaZ7...F71705C282A336

    The forum:
    http://forums.reprap.org/index.php?93

    Their IRC channel for support:
    http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=mendelmax

    Free object to download and the place to contribute:
    http://www.thingiverse.com/

    Commercial parts and models:
    http://www.makerbot.com/
    The sleepless one! ZZzzzz

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    i currently own a RepRap type 3d printer. Prusa Mendal type

    from what i know of the system there are three types of 3d printers for you to look at, and witch one you want depends on your application/buget. Power printers, or 3d printers that print a model from powder and are the most expesive. are good for fast ralitively stable** parts that are more display then functional. that said you can use the same proses with a few additions to print in metal or even in color. a Light activated 3d printer. uses a UV fluid (or similar) that turns hard after being exposed to UV light. these machines are slower but can produce fair quality models at about 1/10 the price of a powder printer. UV printers are my personal choice for rendering out 3d models i would then paint. RepRap type or filament printers, are cheap, flexible, and various qualities abound. these machines can create a fairle solid part capable of actually being use for "work" rather then just display.

    When i was shoping around for the best type of filiment machine i had there makers send me a sample part so that i could see what the machine could do. i sent them a simple file and had them make it, so that all the sample were the same thing. MakerBot had fair quality given the size of the layers (0.2 or 0.3mm). only ishue i had with it was it price. i got 4 or 5 prints from diffrent types of builds from repstraps and repraps. most were crap. build layers to thick and printed at temps way to low to make a good solid part. then i ran into a newer vertion of the machine a Pruse Mendal an "A" frame build. much more stable then the original box. and far better prints from it. layer thickness on par with MakerBot, with the option to go finer. only better filiment printer i found was a custom build by a friend of mine. .05mm layers and a .005mm position resolution. vary accurat and good detail. only truble with his is its the only one. and his extruder is not cost efective (over 1k for just the print head). in the end i got a RepRap for aroun $490+ a few extras i wanted that added in about $70. mine is capable of 0.1mm layers with a good position accuracy (yet to be seen but i know it will be).

    **Stability depends on the print and powder type. these machines can print in a wide variety. that is why they are the industry standard for lager companies and rapid prototype systems. Glass, Ceramic, Steel, and Brass prints are all posible with variations on this type of machine. Most common is the Sandstone and What ever the odd white prints are (lol). sandstone is super-glued together after production for extra stability and it can be colored with colored binder resin.
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    Looks like CNET got an article on that today:

    http://reviews.cnet.com/printers/sol...ag=epicStories

    EDIT: Looks like the company he did work for in MakerGear is a fellow Ohioan company, should have realized that. Looks like I'll be paying that company a visit.
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    The 3d printing world is getting exciting! I am trying to get a printrbot right now but they still haven't got international shipping happening and now they are sold out at the moment. I am wanting to get the printrbot+ which has an 8x8x8 print ability. This one costs $700. But the smaller 6x6x6 can be had for $550 and that is with a power supply that the printrbot+ doesn't have.

    The fun part is once you have one. You can build more or modify the machine! I am thinking that this plus my cnc, I will be able to build almost anything that I would like to!
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    I too have been paying special attention to these RepRap printers, the idea of being able to model and print out warhammer miniatures and such sounded pretty awesome at the time. What I really liked most was the sales pitch, buy a Reprap and have it print out all the plastic parts to give to a friend, its almost self replicating minus the metal bits required.
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    So far video samples I have seen of affordable 3d printers show pretty rough results. I like the idea of having one but I think it is still too early
    I'll wait for next gen ones

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