3D Printing is getting cheaper!

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There's also a part works magazine that lets you build one week by week - but as per normal with part works I guess it won't be cheap :roll:
 

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You can already get this printer for quite a bit less (I've seen it for €499 = 376 GBPounds). But after reading how dangerous ABS fumes can be to your health, I've decided to spend a bit more and get one that is fully covered with air filters etc. Otherwise you can only safely use PLA.

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£376 is even better!

Not got my thinking head on properly today, did not think of the ABS fumes.

Sorry, what is PLA? I assume that is safer form of plastic?
 

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There's also a part works magazine that lets you build one week by week - but as per normal with part works I guess it won't be cheap :roll:
With the introductory price, the standard issue price, and the fact that the two issues carrying the PCBs will cost £14.99 each, it works out to £649 over 90 weeks (and for a limited time they're also offering a pre-order of a pre-built one for £699, at £100 off of its normal price of £799). If you include the extras you get from subscribing as well, the partwork version was one of the cheaper options I'd seen on the market before this £499 kit, and it's undeniably the most useful partwork ever. (y)
 
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I think Star Wars fans may argue the point about the most useful partwork ever ;)
 

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Heheh, fair point. That Millenium Falcon one at the moment is pretty impressive!

But then again, you could print Star Wars stuff by building a bit of sci-fi technology at home with the 3D printer one... ;)
 

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Buy the printer and a Falcon and create your own copies of the Falcon and sell them to mates :D
 

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I'm pretty sure it will cost you more in ABS filament than the Falcon kit costs from them. You'd loose money.

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There is also two Polish companies Zortrax and Omni3D. The first one signed a contract with HP for 5000 3D printers.
 
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Is 3D printing really all that cost effective at the moment? I saw an article the other day about a full size Shelby Cobra being part printed which then had to be sanded down before painting.
 

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In a word - No. It's only really useful for once of prototyping and mechanical confirmation. For any sort of mass production it is both way too expensive and way too slow.

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And also there's a disturbing trend toward filament that rots away after a relatively short while, like certain types of eco-friendly carrier bag do. (I know that this is one of the complaints levelled at Dremel's offering in the field.)
 

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Yes, but bio-PLA won't rot your brain like ABS fumes will, and 3D printing (when used for prototyping / mechanical confirmation) doesn't need the parts to last forever. Even bio-PLA lasts for years as far as I know.

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Maybe I'm wrong but as far as I know all polymers for now that are melting in "low" temperatures or have a fast liquid to stable state change are not too long lasting.
 
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It's kind of a paradox. 3D printed items have relatively high price per unit and don't necessarily last very long. A mass produced molded item has a low price per unit but you usually have get a shipload of them which makes the price quite high, especially, if you need only one.
 
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