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[CNET] 3D Printing Breaks the $500 Barrier

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This is more of a review but 3D printers are starting to become more affordable. Mods, please move if you believe this as advertising.

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Some comparisons between other printers.
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Solidoodle 2: single extruder head, 6x6x6-inch build envelope. Cost: $499.

MakerBot Replicator: dual extruder head, 8.9x5.7x5.9-inch build envelope, wooden frame, onboard controls, and direct printing from onboard SD card reader. Cost: $1,999 ($1,799 for single-extruder model).

3D Systems Cube: single extruder head, 5.5x5.5x5.5-inch build envelope, plastic chassis, prints via Wi-Fi. Cost: $1,299.

At $499, the Solidoodle 2 does not include a heated build platform. I would consider that a crucial feature. Keeping the base layers of plastic warm during printing helps keep the object in place. Without that heat, the object might move around during printing, ruining it. Fortunately, Solidoodle offers a heated platform in its Pro model, for an added cost of $50. The Expert model goes for $599, and includes the heated build platform as well as the metal and acrylic outer enclosure.
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These things seem neat to me. Does anyone know where you can see pics of stuff these type of printers create?
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Hmm maybe by the time we get our company up and running then maybe we will be able to afford a 3D printer. thinking.gif
     
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Do want biggrin.gif
These things are so cool, I'd love to print out a case for a flash drive or something
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Do want biggrin.gif
These things are so cool, I'd love to print out a case for a flash drive or something

I foresee OCN being flooded with custom 3D printed benches. thinking.gif
     
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I foresee OCN being flooded with custom 3D printed benches. thinking.gif

That would be very cool. This is like Syrillian, but as a machine. Acrylic benches!

In honor of Syrillian, RIP. frown.gif His death, although a long time ago, still haunts me.
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I foresee OCN being flooded with custom 3D printed benches. thinking.gif

That would be very cool. This is like Syrillian, but as a machine. Acrylic benches!

In honor of Syrillian, RIP. frown.gif His death, although a long time ago, still haunts me.

Again we give another moment of silence for Syrillian.hypocritesmiley.png
     
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I'm really excited about the new developments in this space. I'm following a new Kickstarted project called B9Creator. I hope they make it. their nich looks to be "Indie high density".

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Pre orders only and you get charged when you place order. I'll wait till we see an actual product ship:)

I like the price though!
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[The Future]
*starts up a movie*
"You wouldn't print a car"
"You wouldn't print a TV"

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In all seriousness, this is very interesting, and surprisingly cheap for a 3D printer.
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