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LulzBot Crowd Funds Its Next 3D Printer
10/24/2013

LulzBot's TAZ 3D printer is being crowd funded through fundable.com.   (Source: Fundable.com)
LulzBot's TAZ 3D printer is being crowd funded through fundable.com.
(Source: Fundable.com)

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Rob Spiegel
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A lot of personal 3D printers
Rob Spiegel   10/24/2013 11:12:25 AM
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Nice article, Cabe. I love that stat: 65,000 personal 3D ;printers will be sold in 2013. That's great. It will just grow from here as prices come down and the printers become more versatile. I wonder if most of those printers print chocolate objects.

Charles Murray
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Re: A lot of personal 3D printers
Charles Murray   10/24/2013 8:01:46 PM
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Yes, Rob, and it's stunning to see that there will be 5X growth by 2018. I don't know many industries that could say that.

RogueMoon
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sales figure could be even higher?
RogueMoon   10/25/2013 9:16:38 AM
If these printers are as good as the current technology and the price stays at $2200, there could be even more sales than 65,000 by 2018?  The price tag is right in my range and I know there's at least 10 other people I can name who would consider buying one for that price.   Hope it works with Solidworks.

Two things I'd like to see improve:

(1) better resolution on the finished product

(2) bigger build envelope, like the size of a small tool box (30-40 cm in length)

I'll be keeping my eye on this product, for sure.

TJ McDermott
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Software updates - NICE
TJ McDermott   10/25/2013 5:22:31 PM
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It's terrific to see a company holding software fixes hostage for maintenance "fees".  

NadineJ
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Re: sales figure could be even higher?
NadineJ   10/26/2013 10:12:17 AM
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Those are great points RougueMoon.  That price point is just right for most who'd enjoy working with (or playing with) a 3D printer.  But, size restriction makes it less attractive.

Greg M. Jung
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Minimum maintenance
Greg M. Jung   10/27/2013 4:18:56 PM
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The minimum maintenance feature really caught my eye.  As 3D printers become more and more pervasive for small businesses and hobbyists, minimum maintenance and ease of use will be key.  This particular printer appears to have both of these.

Ann R. Thryft
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Materials
Ann R. Thryft   10/29/2013 3:37:41 PM
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Interesting breadth of materials supported.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: A lot of personal 3D printers
Rob Spiegel   10/29/2013 8:11:37 PM
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Yes, Chuck, amazing growth. I think we've seen this type of growth recently with smart phones. Thanks to Apple, the shift to smart phones was nearly instant. Of course, Google's Android helped fuel the growth. 3D printing, though, may be more remarkable, since it's new technology.

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