Originally Posted by chevyriders
Very cool! I've been looking into these a little recently and considering getting one. They're getting pretty affordable now too. How's it working for you, any complaints about it? What size is the printing area on that model?
This one is working great for me! I knew that buying a <$500 model wasn't going to give me perfect results, but I've been VERY impressed with it!
The only complaints I have about it, honestly, can be fixed by printing off a few simple parts to make the machine better (some stabilizers, holding box for the electronics and wires, etc). And out of the hundreds of individual parts it came with... only one was missing; a cooling fan that points down towards the print to held solidify the plastic as it prints. I wasn't about to deal with customer service and wait on China to send me a $5 fan, so I just ordered one off eBay and it was here in 3 days and mounted lol. Anything else is just a 3D printing learning curve, like heat settings, feed rate, etc. This one's build size is 200mm x 200mm and 180mm high, one of the larger in it's price range.
Originally Posted by LoneWolf71
Someday I will get one. I want to let the costs come down a bit more. But they are very cool! Keep us posted on new print jobs you create!
Yeah I remember when they first started circulating around and cost $1000+, and I never even looked twice at owning one myself, but I always though about how cool it would be lol. Well with a custom PC desk/case build in the works, I kept thinking about certain parts that would be awesome if I could find them (120mm fan to 3" tube duct adapter, cover plates for hardware, etc), but haven't been very successful... Someone at work mentioned I just make my own, then someone else said "yeah just get yourself a 3D printer", so for kicks and giggles I google some printers and was astonished at the pricing!
Now I'm getting into working with a few simple 3D design software to find one that I can work with. I worked with AutoCAD in highschool (12+ years ago...), but never did any 3D modeling with it, just 2D "plans", so that too is a leaning curve. Playing with Autodesk 123D Design at the moment.
It even makes it's own hang-on tool organizer box