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Max The Magnificent
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A man of limited means...
Max The Magnificent   8/13/2013 6:12:46 PM
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So, what's the best deal out there in 3D Printer World for a man of limited means?

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DrFPGA   8/13/2013 7:10:50 PM
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Max- Kickstarter is your best bet. Just start a campaign to buy a 3D printer and give each contributor a small % of time on the machine. You host it in your lab and provide access to it over the web. You probably need to add the cost of an 'intern' to manage the hosting but I bet you could get a good deal from a manufacturer as part of the campaign. Try it! (Or find a volunteer to do it for you...)

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Max The Magnificent   8/14/2013 8:37:14 AM
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@DrFPGA: ...You probably need to add the cost of an 'intern' to manage the hosting...

LOL. But I tell you, I could so do with having a full-time assistant (one who didn't want to be paid, of course :-)

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Caleb Kraft   8/14/2013 9:55:31 AM
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I have a LulzBot Ao-100, which is their older model. They donated it to the project I started called thecontrollerproject, where I help make custom interfaces for people with physical disabilities.  

I love having the ability to print prototypes at home. It makes a big difference in my design methods. I can itterate so quickly now without worying about having to send off for any prototypes. 

For home use, you can look at cheaper machines that may be smaller. There are many for under $1k, and several for under $500. Check out Solidoodle for that price range. 

Of course, I can also just print some stuff for you!

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Caleb Kraft   8/14/2013 9:56:49 AM
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Another thought is that you could find a local hackerspace or 3d printer club. Most hackerspaces have a 3d printer now and many offer daily rates for equipment use (as opposed to a monthly membership). The advantage here is that there is probably a knowledgeable person to walk you through the nuances of the machine. 

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Max The Magnificent   8/14/2013 10:07:47 AM
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@Caleb: ...and several for under $500. Check out Solidoodle for that price range.

Oooh!!! That does look REALLY tasty!!!

When I was in Norway I saw a 3D printer at the university of Oslo that allowed you to print with two materials -- one could be easily disolved away -- this let you create things like interwined parts -- I'm guessing the Solidoodle doesn't have this capability?

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Max The Magnificent   8/14/2013 10:08:47 AM
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@Caleb: There are many for under $1k, and several for under $500.

Have you any plans for doing a review of the "Top 10 3D Printers for Home Use?"

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Max The Magnificent   8/14/2013 10:09:34 AM
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@Caleb: Of course, I can also just print some stuff for you!


That's very kind of you, but I think the thrill is in doing it oneself

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Max The Magnificent   8/14/2013 10:10:46 AM
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@Caleb: Another thought is that you could find a local hackerspace or 3d printer club...

Remember that I'm based in Huntsville, Alabama ... it was big news here when we got our first Starbucks LOL

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Caleb Kraft   8/14/2013 10:11:12 AM
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Generally, no this type of printing does not allow for a material that disolves. There have been a few experiments with it, but nothing in the commercial market yet. There are a couple printers out there that can print in 2 materials/colors right now though. 

aside from colored plastic there is a wood material as well as some glow in the dark material! 

If you want to print fully moving parts, you'll need to bump up to the 10k plus range and get a much fancier printer that doesn't lay down layers of hot plastic. 

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