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$2300 is fairly cheap for small shops or serious hobbyists.
My only question is, how durable is the material that comes out of this thing? I mean I'm sure it isn't as tough as the polymers on say the lower part of a Glock, but is it just as strong as say the plastic parts on a typical computer case?
I have no idea about these 3D printers, but for $2300, I'm tempted (if the material is fairly strong), to see what sort of craziness I can make given the amount of computer modding I'd love to do.

3d printers use abs plastic which is a very common, fairly durable and flexible, plastic. You can also use a PLA extruded If your a hippie. PLA is biodegradable and recyclable, is stronger than abs, but is more brittle and doesn't have much flex; It is also fairly translucent.

I plan on using my 3d printer heavily in my upcoming tj07 build smile.gif
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3d printers use abs plastic which is a very common, fairly durable and flexible, plastic. You can also use a PLA extruded If your a hippie. PLA is biodegradable and recyclable, is stronger than abs, but is more brittle and doesn't have much flex; It is also fairly translucent.
I plan on using my 3d printer heavily in my upcoming tj07 build smile.gif

Depends on the printer. The less expensive ones use plastics, the more expensive ones can print in metal.
 
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10 years ago would put us at 2002 in the Pentium/Celeron heyday. I don't recall spending 2K on my desktop.
Maybe you personally didn't, but I have many family members that did. Let's look at the price of a PIII in that time era (2000ish) http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Pentium-III/Intel-Mobile%20Pentium%20III%20600%20-%20KC80526GL600256.html $316 at introduction, and for a gpu lets look at the Geforce2 Ultra http://www.anandtech.com/show/601/3 $500. It was definately possible to spend 2k on parts back then.

To say this is for the average joe is a bit of a stretch, which is why the article says it is for the "prosumer".
    
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Maybe you personally didn't, but I have many family members that did. Let's look at the price of a PIII in that time era (2000ish) http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Pentium-III/Intel-Mobile%20Pentium%20III%20600%20-%20KC80526GL600256.html $316 at introduction, and for a gpu lets look at the Geforce2 Ultra http://www.anandtech.com/show/601/3 $500. It was definately possible to spend 2k on parts back then.
To say this is for the average joe is a bit of a stretch, which is why the article says it is for the "prosumer".

Right, so you agree.

Not for the average joe.

It doesn't matter what people were capable of spending. You'll note I mentioned a 2k laptop. But spending that was not, and still is not, the norm. Calling this thing something for the average joe is laughable. Hobbyists only need apply.
    
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They always tell you the price of the 3D printer, but they never mention how much the resin costs. I imagine it will make printer toner look very cheap. I could care less if the printer costs less than $100...if that little Eiffel Tower model cost $500 to make not many people are going to want any part of it.
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If $2300 is the discount price I wouldn't exactly call it accessible to the average joe. Enthusiasts (craftsmen and artists) who have a particular want or need would probably be the only ones to get this.

$2300 isn't that much. It's well within the ability of many working adults to at least save up for.

I'm a working adult and it would take me 2 years to save up that much. If not, more.
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I'm a working adult and it would take me 2 years to save up that much. If not, more.

Ehh well, I just spent about that much in carpet a couple months ago. Did we need to? No, but we wanted to. So this price is getting into the realm of affordable. I could go blow much more than this on a snow mobile or motorcycle. Working "adults" (or just old children) will often spend far more than this on their hobby.

Also think about if a place that sold it did a two years no Interest deal. Provided the printing material was affordable and durable I would have one without a second thought.

Cell phones costing over $600 without a contract is far more ridiculous than this price, but if they want to actually move a lot of them...yeah they need to bring the price down more. In a couple years I am expecting these things to be under a $1000 for something a guy would want to use in his basement. Provided there aren't laws made making them illegal.
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A 3D printer of this caliber would be awesome and the price tag is really not that bad. Not cheap but not insanely expensive either but what really maters is the price of the resin (or whatever the printing goo is called). Just a few years from now we might be able to print out complete custom PC cases with a machine like that.
    
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Cheap. I'll eventually have to grab one down the road.
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A 3D printer of this caliber would be awesome and the price tag is really not that bad. Not cheap but not insanely expensive either but what really maters is the price of the resin (or whatever the printing goo is called). Just a few years from now we might be able to print out complete custom PC cases with a machine like that.

My question as well...I just placed an order for toner for my printer and even that price tag makes me throw up a little...seriously, just put powered gold in the cartridge.
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