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Stratasys Unveils High-End, Multi-Material 3D Printer

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etmax
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Re: Good News for 3D Designers
etmax   2/6/2014 10:24:57 AM
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The $3000 machines use FDM in ABS or corn starch resin, and are of dubious quality, the specs always sound good but I'm not impressed with any of the results I've seen. These 300k+ printers are multi material where you can dial up how rubbery or hard the material is, and the finish is almost like an injection moulded part. Still, at this price I'd be letting someone else do the printing ie. it would take a lot of use to get the required ROI.

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Cadman-LT   2/5/2014 4:32:49 AM
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far911, yes, for sure. Way too pricey off the bat, and like you mentioned...what does it cost to actually run? Piece for the multi-million companies.

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Re: Good News for 3D Designers
Cadman-LT   2/5/2014 4:28:37 AM
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Daniyal Ali, there are much cheaper 3D printers on the market that do amazing things. Like a lot cheaper. This is $330,000 , try $3000. Multi-color and all. Just a thought, look around.

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3D Printers
Cadman-LT   2/5/2014 4:23:49 AM
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Cabe, as always great article. I think I will stick with a cheaper printer though. I'd rather have a new house or a ferrari than a new printer....lol just a thought. they do make cheap 3D printers.

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Following similar steps
TJ McDermott   2/5/2014 12:42:19 AM
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3D printers have to this point can be considered similar to pen plotters.

 

One wonders if we will soon see fabbers that behave more like laser printers with many, many nozzles eliminating one motion axis.

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toys and more
NadineJ   2/3/2014 3:39:29 PM
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It's not surprising that 3D printers target the toy market.  Collectible figurines are a big market for GenXers and some Millennials.  Rapid proto-typing toys and footwear components is very useful for large companies.

I can't wait to see the mid-level version of this from Stratasys.

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Good News for 3D Designers
Daniyal_Ali   2/3/2014 2:39:53 PM
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Nice one Cabe. It will change the way we think and design our products. Being a 3D Model Designer myself, i feel it very hard at times to explain a 3D model printed via simple printer to the users.
These printers will not only provide us with efficient and quick outcome of the alpha and beta prototypes, but also increase the value of a 3D designer in a firm.
The only concern right now is cost, which would hopefully get resolved in the future.

far911
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PERFORMANCE
far911   2/3/2014 1:00:15 PM
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A really nice machine, producing a gem as result, but very costly intially. At the same time we are not sure what is the running cost. So only one can use it commercially but people will be reluctant to buy, until sure about its effectiveness.

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