Beth, this is a very interesting approach. By replacing the print head with the cartfidge each time you essentially get a new print module. This should make it more eaisly maintainable. With this price point, it is going to get into more people's hands. Out school district recently bought a 3D printer and spent $35K. This would have been nice.
Wow, I'm impressed that your school district had $35K to spend on a 3D printer. Is that part of some type of STEM grant or was that a relatively easy sell to the school board administration? I think these printers should become staples at every school. The applications for student learning are just infinite.
I think an increasing number do and I'm sure the 3D printer companies will (or should) up that ante. In the CAD world, most of the major players do a lot of work donating software licenses to universities (or making attractive student-license versions). Beyond being altrustic, the idea is to get their tools in the hands of students who then go into the workforce and climb the engineering management ladder, all still having a preference for their tool of choice that they mastered in school. 3D printer companies would be well served whetting the appetites of students early so that they when they go into the workforce, they demand the technology, or at least serve as champions for it.
It's good to know that some school districts can afford to buy such equipment for its students. $35 is a huge amount for my local school districts, which ask parents to buy basic school supplies and no longer have art or music programs. I'm also curious--was this a grant of some kind?
That's a sensible approach, Beth. By putting these into universities, they'll also discovers lots of new applications for this technology. It might happen years after the students graduate, but it will happen.
Yes Charles - In universities something like this can be shared across a whole range of disciplines and experience levels from freshman design projects to post-graduate research. It seems a bit overkill for high-schools to have this. What is really being gained at that level? It's better to have a broader range of learning rather than what amounts to a high cost (but still cool) toy at that level.
I was on a site earlier checking out this machine. They offered to send a sample part to show it's capabilities.. so I requested one. Hopefully it comes with some more information such as the price for the print cartridges.
This product is just another indication that 3D Printing is ready to move into the mainstream of modeling and prototyping. Many 3D printers are built from kints by enthusiasts and hobbyists, but for the person who wants a machine that can work right out of the box for inkjetsuperstore hp printheads.