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3D Printers

Discussion in '3D PRINTERS' started by paris_tj, May 22, 2013.

  1. paris_tj

    paris_tj United States Iron Registered Member

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    I am looking at getting/building one but wow they are a bunch. Which is the best to get now days for a person on a budget? Any suggestions or links appreciated. I have a CNC mill so if I need to machine parts that is no big deal.
     
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    Cheeseking United States Active User Active Member

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    Try Cubify.com or makerbot.com
     
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    paris_tj United States Iron Registered Member

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    Thanks, mostly looking for open source or something cheaper than those.
     
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    Charley Davidson United States Active User Active Member

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    DMS United States Active User Active Member

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    Take a look at RepRap. It is an open source 3d printer.
     
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    I rolled the dice and bought a Flashforge creator clone off of ebay by a company called Qidi Tech. I think it was about $600 over a year and a half ago. It's been great, prints well, is precise and has been trouble free. Has a full metal/plexi windows & lighted enclosure. Just make sure you get something with a heated bed and a dual extruders. Other than that the larger the print area the better of course. Prices continue to drop. They are a blast to play with and nice to have when you need a little dohickey... you can just make one!
     
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    SeeMeCNC has a reasonably priced kit.
    And MatterControl is a powerful free slicer software.
     
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    get a delta kit off ebay
     
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    Rick O'Shay United States Swarf Registered Member

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    I recently ordered this kit (~$185) from GearBest, http://www.gearbest.com/3d-printers-3d-printer-kits/pp_428455.html .
    I have been using a Solidoodle 3 3D printer (~800 assembled) for about 4 years or so and am currently making my own approximatedly 30' by 30" by 30" printer using mostly vslot components, purchased or 3D printed from "OpenBuilds" website. I chose the $185 kit based on specs, i.e large print volume etc. Here is a tip that I chose to ignore with my 3D printer. I never worried about the filament (1.75mm) absorbing moisture. It certainly does slowly over time and you end up thinking the bed isn't level. I googled the problem and settled on
    I ordered http://www.gearbest.com/3d-printers-3d-printer-kits/pp_428455.html a week ago based on using my Solidoodle 3 (~$800) printer for about 4 years and the kit's large build volume and low price. Don't ignore caveats to keep your filament dry as I did. It's hydoscophic and will absorb water over time resulting in progressively worse prints. I build this to dry out my filament:
    http://taulman3d.com/drying-materials.html
    Also, I bought a ~10lb bag of dessicant (kitty litter: ) to store my filament when not in use. Hope this helps.
     

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