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Old 09 September 2012   #1
3D Printing

Hi everyone!

I'd like to ask your experience with 3d printing machine.

My studio is interest to buy one, but we have no so much information about companies and products; I'd like your advice considering that we are not interest to a "domestic" product like the Makerbot, RepRap... more interest to something professional for high detailed model.

Thank you very much for help.

Bye!
 
Old 09 September 2012   #2
There's a huge range of quality and cost out there. What are you wanting to make with the printer? How large are you looking to make objects? Structural components and simple objects can be made on a RepRap but for higher quality objects (like maquettes) you'd want something more sophisticated that can produce higher resolution shapes. Getting an idea of what you want to do will help narrow down the selection.
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Old 09 September 2012   #3
Thank you Olson for reply, yes you're right, there's a huge range of quality and cost, this is the reason why I'm here.

I've seen printed objects with RepRap or Makerbot (domestic printer) and even if they are good I suppose this kind of printer are better for mechanical objects, while I'd like to have much more detail, and print "organic" model like armchairs... sofas... shoes... not really interest in characters but the detail could be the same as "Zbrush models".

I've red something about the "ProJet HD 3500Plus", and I think that it could be the professional printer I need, but I'd like to know something more.

Thanks!
 
Old 09 September 2012   #4
Originally Posted by ossosso: I've red something about the "ProJet HD 3500Plus", and I think that it could be the professional printer I need, but I'd like to know something more.


That's a pretty high budget for a 3D printer, around $100,000. You're on your own in that territory.
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Old 09 September 2012   #5
Ehehe.. Well.. Even if I try to find prices all around the web, it's quite hard... didn't really consider it could be so high... anyway the budget could be around 10.000euros; more I can't... unless you're interest to a kidney :-)
 
Old 09 September 2012   #6
I fear you will be hard pressed to find any non FDM printers in that pricerange. Also take a closer look at the costs for the printing itself. With many manufacturers you are limited to the consumables sold by them.
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Old 09 September 2012   #7
Originally Posted by ossosso: Ehehe.. Well.. Even if I try to find prices all around the web, it's quite hard... didn't really consider it could be so high... anyway the budget could be around 10.000euros; more I can't... unless you're interest to a kidney :-)


Something like this could be a good fit. It uses resin cured by light which offers pretty good resolution. I've not seen any in the wild yet but the Kickstarter campaign met the goal by over 1000% so they should have the resources they need to make it a reality.

http://b9creator.com/

The Ultimaker is similar to the RepRap and Makerbot in the sense that it uses hot extrusion but the resolution is much better (also higher cost). They are out in the wild and can be purchased right now.

http://www.ultimaker.com/

If those are not technically capable of producing what you need it might be better to purchase jobs one off from services like Shapeways.

http://www.shapeways.com/
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Old 09 September 2012   #8
This might be of interest to you. It was recently released and offers better resolution than the Ultimaker (their competition).

https://store.makerbot.com/replicator2.html
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