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Postby cerrodepedro » Thu May 26, 2016 5:02 pm

So covered in my class privileged, I bought an entry-level printer (it's a Chinese MakerBot knock-off that's superior to actual MakerBots) for the co parent a couple of years ago. We've used it a few times. The hardest part, really, is calibrating the heat and feed rates to match the nature of the build. It's really kind of a craftsmanship thing.

Anybody here have a 3D printing hobby? Any wonderful builds to showcase? Has anyone done anything especially weird or non-conventional OR have plans or ideas to do so? EVEN BETTER would anybody have some simple requests they'd like to put in (wouldn't it be fun to mail physical plastic ninja stars to peeps?)?
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Postby Zombie » Fri May 27, 2016 4:50 pm

I wanted to print off vinyl toys to paint on.. but those printers are hella expensive
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Postby Feydakin » Fri May 27, 2016 5:56 pm

Yeah I want to really badly... There are a ton of gaming applications for 3D printing that I can't wait to sink my teeth into! Not to mention crafts and art and everything else! I found an awesome free place at Shapeways where a guy gave away a whole slew of 3D printing thingies for D&D miniatures for free... :D

https://www.shapeways.com/designer/mz4250/creations?tkn_su=6c28a10c3eba92d3b00106118a20ef36&tkn_gtm_su=b5ae71615c6c8240376e9e439786e523
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Postby Corgimom » Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:29 pm

Heck I think I am lucky to have an office grade wireless laser printer. I have to keep watching the prices drop before I go serious 3d shopping.

Do you know that the first mass-market laser printer was the HP LaserJet which cost a whopping $3,400 and the next was from DEC Laserjet which accepted paper trays up to 11 X 17 ringing in at 3,900 plus $250 per specialty paper size tray and they had trays for sizes from post card to tabloi. There was a continues feed paper tray that could be counted on to jam. If that seems pricey to you consider this- the industrial laser printers (first one in 1972) prior to 1984 topped out with price tags around $20,000 (yes twenty thousand)

If 3D printing follows the current technology price/performance bell I think I am 4-5 years out from owning one. I admit I think of them as making models for industrial applications like sprocket models but that's just me- I'd rather build machines/gadgets/ toys than paint models.
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Postby Feydakin » Tue Jun 07, 2016 2:46 pm

I don't know, I'm not really balking at paying around $1,000 for a decent 3D printer... I feel like the tech is worth it. Now if we're talking about the ones that cost upwards of $25,000 then yeah, I can wait. ;)
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Postby Corgimom » Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:43 pm

I am considering taking a class at Youngstown State Center for Innovation in Additive Manufacturing where the have 250,000 3d printers.

I bet you could print buildings on those.
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