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Old 01-10-2015, 04:07 PM   #111
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Im window shoppiing for a 3d printer right now. Im particulary interested in the sla printers for thier high resolution. This one in particular has really cought my eye http://www.fsl3d.com/
Ive been researching and im not quite sure if I want to push the button on one just yet. All the sla printers seem to be haveing some troubles when it comes to larger prints. FSL3d is working on a new "super vat" that will do away with the pdms layer. Maybe once they get a few out there and I see some feed back I will push the button, but for now I think my best option is to sit back and wait for the technology to improve.


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Seem like a lot of new offerings on the sla printers and cheaper than some of the higher end consumer filament machines. I have been looking for deals on a flashforge but so far all the ones I have seen are more than I want to spend right now. I am still thinking about building from scratch. and am having a bit of a love hate relationship with the solidoodle 4 . Some days frustrated with it other days I have fun with it. So for now hanging in and moving forward.
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Folger-Tech-Kossel-2020-RepRap-Full-3D-Printer-Kit-RAMPS-Dave what do think of this kit.




I guess I am shopping for a second one. But trying to be patient and wiser than my first move . but no real regrets I am learning printing and having fun.
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For anyone who has read though this thread or at least read the beginning you know one of the first 3d printers to catch my eye was the xyz Davinci.
These are a popular unit in the $500 range. and they certainly have there quirks.
If anyone out there is thinking of buying one I suggest you go to you tube and watch this guys videos.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsd...ikARFEn2dRDJhg

IMHO a realistic view of what to expect from a . DaVinci. Apparently a capable machine if you are willing to learn tune make some easy fixes and learn the limits of the machine.
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Im window shoppiing for a 3d printer right now. Im particulary interested in the sla printers for thier high resolution. This one in particular has really cought my eye http://www.fsl3d.com/
Interesting machine. It is nice that hardware costs are dropping but sadly the resins are a killer. The resins are hazardous too in most cases.
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Ive been researching and im not quite sure if I want to push the button on one just yet. All the sla printers seem to be haveing some troubles when it comes to larger prints. FSL3d is working on a new "super vat" that will do away with the pdms layer. Maybe once they get a few out there and I see some feed back I will push the button, but for now I think my best option is to sit back and wait for the technology to improve.

If the tech improves at the same rate FDM printer have you likely will have a short wait.
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Still looking

this kit:

http://folgertech.com/collections/3d...3d-printer-kit
Is still a possibility .
It has been upgraded with aluminum connectors for the corners . I would lily want to upgrade other parts to aluminum as well. the effector, slide connectors and mounts.

Dave you still loving your Kossel ? the print area on this kit is 6" diameter I would like a little larger . Decisions!!
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Remember in one of the early posts of this thread I made an offhand comment about mounting a hotend/extuder to the spindle of my mill.
Somebody has done it.


http://www.3ders.org/articles/201509...ckstarter.html

Still do not regret getting a standalone machine.
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Remember in one of the early posts of this thread I made an offhand comment about mounting a hotend/extuder to the spindle of my mill.

Somebody has done it.





http://www.3ders.org/articles/201509...ckstarter.html



Still do not regret getting a standalone machine.

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You are likely far better off with a standalone machine simply due to wear on the ways/bearings. That and 3D printers like to go really fast. Of course for light use on small items this approach would be OK.
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Old 09-28-2015, 11:13 PM   #119
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I finally broke down and bought a 3D printer. After looking thru way too many options, I ended up with a demo model of the Lulzbot Mini. This was based on good reviews, high-resolution printing, self-calibrating/leveling, self-cleaning, multiple material options, and open-source design and software. (You can even go to their site and download all the info and STL files needed to build your own if you choose to go that way.)

Just purchased last night, so I'll have to follow up with what I end up with when it arrives.

Second runner up was the Maker's Tool Works MiniMax kit (as the MendelMax 3 is out of my price range.) Both look like outstanding printers that will stay accurate for a long time. www.makerstoolworks.com

I still love the elegance of the Delta designs and may eventually build one of those as well.

For now, I plan to print masters for my foundry patterns with it.

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These two are workhorses currently on eBay. (Also runner-ups in my search over the weekend.)
Lulzbot TAZ 3 (refurb from a dealer) http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lulzbot-TAZ-...item4641d6770e

Lulzbot AO-101 (purchased and lost interest) A swarm of these can be seen on the Lulzbot headquarters tour video on YouTube, making bots.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lulzbot-AO-1...item1c5a38b34c
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Hey Tin,
Have you checked these guys out?
They also have aluminum corner upgrades and a lot of options for each kit.

http://www.ultibots.com/mini-kossel-...-printer-beta/

http://www.ultibots.com/kossel-250-v...-diy-kit-beta/

Look like some pretty-well thought out kits with some very nice hardware.

Enjoy,
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(My "new" demo unit should be here Wed.)


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