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3D Printer
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* May 26, 2016, 12:01:08 AM
I'm needing to purchase a 3D printer, what brands are good and which ones should I stay away from?

Are there any quality primers on the 3D printer language (  stl  I think  )?



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using Lightworks & Redsdk

May 26, 2016, 12:21:44 AM
It is very unlikely anyone here has more than 1-3 3D printers to do a comparison.  I did a search using the terms "best 3D printers home use 2016" and came up with several hits, ranging from 10 up to 27 printers.

Pick an article from what appears to be a reputable site (tomsguide.com may not seem reputable, but it's an adjunct for Tom's Hardware, a well-regarded tech site) and start reading.



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May 26, 2016, 05:19:48 PM
Hi Darryl,

I use a MakerBot 2X that I find pretty good for a extruded plastic type of printer. It does not have the best tolerance for small details like screw holes but it is good to get the feel of a part during the design process. I use this for all my early development part tests (of which I have lots) and then I get the final test pieces via Shapeways since they can achieve much tighter tolerances with the process they use. We spend a good chunk of money on Shapeways prints but it is worth it to us (They are very reasonable as far as I am concerned). I am very glad though, that I have the MakerBot for the early work. It was a very good investment. MakeBot comes with its own software so there is nothing extra to do as it does it all. You load the STL, you select the print parameters you want to define resolution, whether or not you want a raft or supports, how much infill, etc. Once you discover what works for you in that regard you rarely have to change those settings.

Have a look at this thread from my early trials with the MakerBot. It shows some fun pieces that I made. I make many parts for work but can't share those.

* May 27, 2016, 05:19:06 PM
Thanks Don & Jeff

Looking into this real soon.



TCW 2015 Platinum, TCW 2016 Platinum & Windows 10
using Lightworks & Redsdk

* May 28, 2016, 08:08:51 AM
Just to confuse the issue, I use an Ultimaker 2, which works very well indeed. A couple of friends have tried printing the attached Bearing 5 stl, (I've attached it as a ZIP) but fail. They can't get the finished item to rotate - its just jammed up tight. My Ultimaker 2 does it really well and the gears rotate nicely.

Gary Wooding
Win10 64-bit,
TC21.2 x64 Plat, Bld59
TC16.2 Plat, Bld54.0
TCC 3.5

May 28, 2016, 01:31:57 PM
My MakerBot 2X printed it nice enough and the gears rotate as one would expect.

* June 03, 2016, 10:28:55 PM
Thanks guys

TCW 2015 Platinum, TCW 2016 Platinum & Windows 10
using Lightworks & Redsdk