Any recommendations for a 3D Printer or 3D Printer Kit?

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Re: Any recommendations for a 3D Printer or 3D Printer Kit?

Post by WillAdams » Mon Jul 06, 2015 5:59 pm

Oh, if it's plans you want we have a listing of some as well as some sites:

http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/ ... r_Projects
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Re: Any recommendations for a 3D Printer or 3D Printer Kit?

Post by halfnormal » Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:15 pm

WillAdams wrote:Oh, if it's plans you want we have a listing of some as well as some sites:

http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/ ... r_Projects
Will, I apologize and edited my previous post. He was referring to a sharing network of CNC owners. You were correct! (as usual)

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Re: Any recommendations for a 3D Printer or 3D Printer Kit?

Post by Defy » Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:22 am

cvoinescu wrote:Not only that, but Thingiverse has sections for methods other than FDM additive manufacturing -- it has a CNC milling section. There's not much there though.
Yeah its a weak showing for cnc stuff. I just want cool svg's so I can put them in makercam and cut out trinkets like those skelton puzzles of dinosaurs. That would be cool to have just cut out of 1/8 and give to the kids to assemble.

I know it's out there just would be nice if it was as easy to find as all the 3d printed stuff...

Back on topic: I too agree with you don't need a huge printer that's why my taz is still unfinished I mostly use my 3d printer to print little parts for various project. 6x6 or 8x8 is plenty. The latest project is an arrow chuck for a cresting machine.

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Re: Any recommendations for a 3D Printer or 3D Printer Kit?

Post by ivanw » Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:08 pm

Just another really cheap option:

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Newest-i ... 94955.html
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/2015-New ... 37207.html

It's a derivative of full size kossel. Drawings are open source (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:388683). Don't expect super high quality. The wheels are really just cheap curtain rollers. The Arduino and RAMP look like cheap clones but they should work fine. Custom parts are injection molded. The second listing even comes with magnetic ball joints. I've heard from a happy owner from Hong Kong and he said the frame is pretty rigid. I guess it can easily do 100+mm/s infill without much trade-off of quality.

I am an owner of Kossel Clear. No longer satisfied with the limitations of it and is working on the design of a all-metal kossel.

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Re: Any recommendations for a 3D Printer or 3D Printer Kit?

Post by veng1 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:53 pm

I have a Printrbot Simple Metal that I'm happy with. It has a relatively small build area but that is less of a problem than I expected. I needed a printer for a job and just went to MicroCenter and took one home. It was working in an hour or two.

I really like the bed auto-tramming sensor.

Thomas Sanladerer reviewed the Printerbot Play https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3q9f_0Lcu8 very favorably.

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Re: Any recommendations for a 3D Printer or 3D Printer Kit?

Post by kristenanne77 » Tue Jul 07, 2015 3:06 pm

I am still doing research. Learning more pros and cons everyday.
I notice that the Printrbot claims it is made in the USA. Are there any others printers made somewhere besides communist China?
Just curious.

Thanks
K


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Re: Any recommendations for a 3D Printer or 3D Printer Kit?

Post by halfnormal » Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:53 pm

kristenanne77 wrote:I am still doing research. Learning more pros and cons everyday.
I notice that the Printrbot claims it is made in the USA. Are there any others printers made somewhere besides communist China?
Just curious.

Thanks
K
Everyone is welcome to take me to task with my answer, so here it goes, (sigh);

Made in America should be assembled in America. You can find the frame for a Prusa I3 kit that is cut out in an American business BUT the electronics and most likely the hardware has been imported. That all being said, I am all for supporting our American businesses and buying from them which is why I support and buy from Inventables and other maker sites as much as I can.

(mini rant done!)

So to answer kristenanne77's question, Google Prusa I3 kit and/or plans and you will find a cornucopia of information to build an inexpensive 3D printer. You will be able to find the frame made in the USA and also hardware/electronic kits assembled here. Here is also a good place to start, http://reprap.org/wiki/Prusa_i3_Buyers_Guide. If you do not want to assemble one, yes the Printrbot is a good USA alternative but in my opinion a bit pricey for what you get.

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Re: Any recommendations for a 3D Printer or 3D Printer Kit?

Post by CastIrony » Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:03 pm

For a more exotic resin lithography option, Peachy Printer is actually getting pretty close to shipping their DIY kit. I wouldn't expect amazing things from it, but for $100 + the cost of resin it might be worth a try just for fun.
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Re: Any recommendations for a 3D Printer or 3D Printer Kit?

Post by cambo3d » Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:13 am

in my experience with 3d printers. you get what you pay for. I've owned about 6 different 3d printers( robo3d, mendelmax, rostockmax, prusa, and some diy..hope it works stuff) and all have had their quirks with the exception of one. (which i'm currently still using) 3d printing requires patience and tinkering. Especially A DIY kit..

I'd strongly recommend a 3d printer that works right out of the box with minimal tinkering involved. The only printer that has meet that expectation in my book so far is the Makergear M2. Yes it cost more than DIY, or china made, or some newbee company brand. Once you build your kit....it works right out of the box (assuming you purchased in kit form). and simplify 3d software that is recommended for it works excellent. No tinkering, tweaking or messing around with firmware. Paying this little extra will save you a lot of headache in the long run.. and you'll spend more time printing,, rather than fixing..

I haven't seen a single bad review for the makergear m2. problems with the machine are almost none. the machine is solidly constructed. . cnc grade materials that' will last.... http://www.makergear.com/products/m-series-3d-printers
I sold all my other printers. This is the only printer I currently use now.. its reliable and my go to printer for everything.

oh yeah, i forgot to mention. its manufactured and assembled in the USA.

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