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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Re: Fantastic Price, but I'll still shop with the professionals
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   12/31/2012 8:35:57 PM
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Yes ,,, but it IS getting tempting at this low price point.

While I'm miserably pragmatic about optimizing dollars (exactly my point, I just can't justify an $800 printer to be considered profitable,,,) It IS fantastic to imagine that a 3D printer is so close to my reach.

I wasn't quite this intrigued when I bought my first computer printer, if you get my drift.

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Re: Fantastic Price, but I'll still shop with the professionals
Scott Orlosky   12/30/2012 10:54:17 PM
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Good point JimT.  I gues the smart money is to let those who want to be in the print-on-demand business work through all the start-up hurdles.  If you ever get to the point where you can keep a 3D printer busy on a regular basis, then you can spring for one.  In the meantime, you still get fast turnaround on prototypes.  At $799, it's not quite an impulse buy, yet.

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Re: Fantastic Price, but I'll still shop with the professionals
Cabe Atwell   12/26/2012 5:47:16 PM
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Great for making toys and such.  I wonder how durable parts made from these would be? I don't know if I would trust parts made with 3D printers with young children just yet.

But 7 years old on up, it's time for some real fun. I think this would be a cool device for a father to buy and teach children how to build, the design process, patience, and dedication.

Just a thought.

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Re: Fantastic Price, but I'll still shop with the professionals
cgosnell   12/26/2012 11:10:26 AM
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Although I am a 3D printer fan, I take issue with advertising the 'resolution' at 2300DPI.  While this is indeed the theoretical positioning resolution of .011mm in X and Y, with a printer head at .35mm the smallest 'dot' is about .013" or about 72 DPI or less.  If I have two .35mm dots spaced .011 apart, they are essentially one 'dot'.

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Greg M. Jung   12/24/2012 11:46:11 PM
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It seems these 3D printers are becoming more and more of a low cost commodity product. This reminds me of dot matrix and inkjet printers years ago. As prices kept going down and volumes kept going up, I expect these 3D printers to be produced more and more in low cost regions like Asia (similar to what happened to 2D printers).

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TJ McDermott   12/23/2012 8:58:29 PM
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I've been thinking of 3D printers as being similar to 2D pen plotters.  I see some sort of page-printer equivalent in our future, on our way to molecular deposition.  Long before we get to 2200 (well, our great-grandchildren), we'll have Star Trek's replicators in our kitchens.

One thing I missed in this article was the speed of this 3D printer.  What thickness can it lay down per unit time?

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Fantastic Price, but I'll still shop with the professionals
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   12/21/2012 4:10:18 PM
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A 3D printer for $799 is amazing.  A far cry from the first 3D-Systems Inc's earliest SLAs of the late 1980's priced in the Quarter-Million-Dollar neighborhood. But I think I will continue to utilize the growing market of rapid-prototype-providers, who are also fiercely competing with each other to provide the lowest cost and fastest-turn models.  I can still get excellent quality, and lots of options;  from SLA to Z-Corp and SLS parts all with extremely fast turn-arounds, and all serviced via Internet. Its worth the price of the prototypes when I don't need to maintain 4 different types of systems.



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