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2011\03\18@213327 by Carl Denk

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Watching a local business news program and this appeared. Kit or assembled 3D printers and plastic extruders. Priced seem good at $200 roughly, but seems they are having as a start up, keeping up with demand. They are located in a Southeast Cleveland, Ohio suburb. There is a fast forward video that's neat.
http://www.makergear.com

2011\03\18@220347 by YES NOPE9

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> On Mar 18, 2011, at 7:33 PM, Carl Denk wrote:
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> Watching a local business news program and this appeared. Kit or
> assembled 3D printers and plastic extruders. Priced seem good at $200
> roughly, but seems they are having as a start up, keeping up with
> demand. They are located in a Southeast Cleveland, Ohio suburb. There is
> a fast forward video that's neat.
> http://www.makergear.com/

Went to look and it all looks very nice.
An assembled 3d printer is $875 as far as I can tell.
They definitely look like they have run out of stuff.
Carl, what did you see priced at $200 .... a kit ?

gusINnwDenver  99gu

2011\03\18@222537 by PICdude

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It seems the $200 Makergear is just the hot end -- the extruder.  That  link says it's mounted on a "Repstrap", which is a homebrew 3D printer.

FWIW, my high-schoolers are currently working on our own extruder, and  hopefull we'll finish our 3D printer soon.

Cheers,
-Neil.



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2011\03\18@224514 by IVP

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> http://www.makergear.com/


http://botmill.com/

I saw one working the other day on a program called Bad Universe

The inventor was showing how the Botmill could copy its own gears

http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/bad-universe-main/

It was an episode about an invasion by self-replicating robots from
Outer Space

Keep watching the skies !!

Jo

2011\03\18@231336 by doug metzler

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Interesting that botmill sells PVA; Makerbot sells ABS and makergear, in
addition to ABS, sells HDPE.

Anyone have experience extruding with all 3 of these?

this might be [OT]

DougM

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2011\03\19@010324 by PICdude

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Experience?  Nope.  But I've been researching 3D printers over the  past several months, and there is lots of good info on the net, though  strewn all over -- not all in one place.  I've learned that some of  the key properties differences among these materials are the melting  points, the type of transition from solid to liquid (gradual or  sharp), and if they shrink when cooling.  Then there's also the  eco-friendly aspect.  I don't remember the link right now, but search  for a comparison between these.  IIRC it was a comparison of 5  materials with properties and recommendations for beginners, etc

Cheers,
-Neil.



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2011\03\19@030335 by Bob Blick

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> Watching a local business news program and this appeared.
This probably should move to OT pretty soon, unless someone here has
built one.

Thanks,

Bob

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2011\03\19@095410 by RussellMc

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> This probably should move to OT pretty soon, unless someone here has
> built one.


Not wishing to suggest brotherly dissension, really, but I'd be
uncertain as to the distinction between "can build at home ..." and
"has built at home ..." being implicit in a decision whether  this
belongs in OT or EE.
In my case it would fall in the "would love to build at home but there
are too many such things in the same class ..." categhory.

I'd almost see it at home in TECH except that you CAN build it at
home. I'd feel sad (and ...?) if  such a useful, fascinating and very
engineering oriented device really belonged on OT. [My being sad is no
certain measure of incorrectness].


      Russel

2011\03\19@101225 by Bob Blick

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On Sun, 20 Mar 2011 02:53 +1300, "RussellMc"  wrote:
> > This probably should move to OT pretty soon, unless someone here has
> > built one.
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> Not wishing to suggest brotherly dissension, really, but I'd be
> uncertain as to the distinction between "can build at home ..." and
> "has built at home ..." being implicit in a decision whether  this
> belongs in OT or EE.
> In my case it would fall in the "would love to build at home but there
> are too many such things in the same class ..." categhory.


Can't fault your logic, it's probably that I would love to be the one
who has built one so I could talk about it :)


Cheers,

Bob

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2011\03\19@102850 by Carl Denk

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Lumping together several comments on several messages:
I did consider [OT], but felt this type equipment was somewhat state of the art for what appeared low prices considering the $10,000's for most of this type equipment. Felt it was engineering orientated, where prototype/low production application was close to the PICLIST. And yes, [TECH] certainly is appropriate, just didn't cross my mind last night. I wasn't looking so much for replies, as something interesting, thought others would be interested. :)  I don't know if "Build at home" is a criteria, this type equipment could be comfortable putting out prototypes for a large organization.

I know nothing of the software.

Before bed last night, I found their Web Site hard to follow, with not a logical explanation of a starting point kit or assembled unit, compatibility of accessories, maximum sizes, etc. Quickly it seemed like something close to $180 might be the starting point, and added something for freight or what ever. Probably some people that are very good technical, but need a different approach on the web site. Not an unusual situation. :(

I have no use for this type capability, but thought others would be interested, haven't been following this type equipment. People can look at it, and do as they please. It probably is an up an coming area, where others could suggest other forums, lists, etc. Who knows, it might even somewhere down the road warrant a [3D] tag on the PICLIST. :)

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