3d printer

awptickes

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Note the section... OK, now let's go.

Does anyone else have a 3d printer?

I'm building a reprap Prusa Mendel, mainly to make jewelry and other things that I can't make with metal.
 

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Ive spent a lot of time working with a makerbot 3d replicator. They're pretty cheaply made, but they are certainly useful for prototyping. We have a much nicer printer on campus, but I won't get to use it until next year.

How will your model be controlled? Meaning software, etc
 

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I wish I could show you guys some of the stuff we print at work, but I can't. :D

I'll get my own 3D printer at home at some point- not sure which one yet though. One of my buddies and I have been talking about going in together on a kit.
 

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I wish I could show you guys some of the stuff we print at work, but I can't. :D
Can you print titanium too?

There are a few printers at work, but I can't really use one to print an engagement ring... I plan on making the positive in PLA, then doing some Lost-PLA casting. The best part is that I can make a duplicate ring out of sterling silver and CZ too, for vacationing and the like -- instead of travelling with the platinum and D/FL ring.
 
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Can you print titanium too?
:ph34r:

There are a few printers at work, but I can't really use one to print an engagement ring... I plan on making the positive in PLA, then doing some Lost-PLA casting. The best part is that I can make a duplicate ring out of sterling silver and CZ too, for vacationing and the like -- instead of travelling with the platinum and D/FL ring.
Go look at:

Titanium Era - Titanium Rings, Titanium Wedding Bands, Promise Rings, Diamond Engagement Rings and Titanium Jewelry

I bought our rings there- highly customizable, and quite a few different styles. Great customer service and response time too.
 

awptickes

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Nah, not looking to give her a Ti engagement ring. Has to be Platinum. I'm sure you understand, lol.

I do like the idea of a Ti wedding band though, but that comes later.
 

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Just bought some stuff:
GT2 belts
0.9 degree stepper motors
mechanical end stop switches
Sanguinololu 1.3a Kit
5x A4988 controller boards
1.75mm Ubis Hot end with .4mm tip and cables
0.35 mm tip

Total: $291.92

Now I feel like I could have bought a pre-made printer, but it wouldn't have a print area of 8"^3.

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and, had I bought this, it would have cost $899, and I would have to wait at least 3 weeks.


EDIT2: Make that $307.42, forgot about the heat-pad. So, total is $407.42 for an 8"^3 printer.
 
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Damn:
Location Date Local Time Activity
Maumee, OH, United States 07/02/2013 3:00 P.M. Emergency conditions beyond UPS' control.
 

Matts96HB

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Good choice on the heat pad. There's one for the makerbot that costs ~$20 and my school will not buy one. The result is extreme warping in large, flat based objects. Also does this if you use a raft of any sort.
 

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Yeah, I want to be able to print ABS or PLA, so the heat pad is a must.

I have some ideas for reinforcing plastic parts with steel and/or glass fibers, so we'll see if they actually work.
 

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Hold up, you made/are in the process of making your own 3d printer? I didn't catch that the first time through.



RIF
 

awptickes

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Hold up, you made/are in the process of making your own 3d printer? I didn't catch that the first time through.



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Yep. Bought all the parts, just waiting for delivery and the subsequent build-fest.

Oh, and find some filament. I'm thinking Nylon 6, some PLA, and some ABS.
 
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