dealsvelleman 3-d printer for $799.99

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I haven't read any reviews on how this one does function, but generally having the platform moving for positioning instead of the print head is considered bad design, and can cause the object to wobble during printing, leading to inaccurate printing as you go up. Considering you can get a printrbot for the same price, I definitely wouldn't buy this.

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Also as a FYI, some public libraries have 3D printers free to use, or you just pay for the material (filament) used.

My brother lives down in San Jose, CA and uses the library printer from time to time.

I also recently read a three 3D printer roundup... each printer had pros n cons.
Google it...

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We have 2 Solidoodles at work and they are used constantly. They are fun and awesome. You can buy one without the cover and door (which you can make yourself for nothing) for 635 shipped. Wait time for mine was about a month. Resolution is from fine to very good depending how much time you have and how precise you want the resulting part. On the doodle the print head moves. It's amazing to watch.

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At a glance this actually looks kind of expensive for what it is.. There have been a few really cheap/higher end printers on Kickstarter in the past few months.. Definitely worth checking out.. They run for around $300 to around $500-600 I think

Robo3D (PLA/ABS)
RigidBot 3D (PLA/ABS)

Buccaneer ... I think it's also PLA/ABS, just smaller.

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I think seeing them at Fry's is the tipping point for the home use of these. Obviously the prices will start coming down drastically like any electronic device. I just think this is somewhat of a milestone for making these available to be in most homes like the DVD player, Blu Ray Player, PC, etc....

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This claims to be for PLA and ABS but you will have a lot of trouble getting ABS to work on this. With no enclosure and no heated printing bed you will have a lot of difficulty if you ever manage to get one to work. The moving print bed is only going to increase this difficulty. If you want to spend $800 on a 3D printer, go with the Solidoodle 3, With a solid frame, heated print bed, and everything but the Z-axis handled by the print head you will get good prints. The frame for the Solidoodle is magnetic and you can print out parts for building an enclosure to keep more of the heat in when printing.

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keeping a print bed level (vital for good prints and bed adhesion) will be a nightmare with that design,
combine that with the bearing causing it to be over-constrained in both x and y... I'd avoid like the plague.

/I've build a prusa, seemecnc h1.1 and a mendalmax. working on a kessel-style delta bot.
//not an expert, but ...

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here's another one, better printer design, same price, with a moving head so you get higher quality prints... https://nwreprap.com/

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I'd want to know a lot more about this system before buying, I'm assuming it's a RepRap derivative and those are notoriously hit or miss in terms of quality and performance. A few months ago Make Magazine did a round-up of a bunch of then-current printers, I recommend folks interested in buying a printer check it out to see what's available.

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Spend $800 to make small, plastic, trinkets. ...I just don't understand why these are so popular nowadays. I mean really, what is the average person going to use this for?

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I think there are three types of people buying 3D printers right now. The first are the true Makers - they research the printers, want to design their own parts and maybe modify the machines. The second is families that rightly do not want their children to miss the latest technology as part of their education. The third is the Maker-wannabes. The technology is cool but after they download a few designs that only marginally print because the machine was poor or more probably set up incorrectly, they are done. They also own very expensive, mostly unused, cookware that did not make them a great chef.

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$800 with the whole 3d printer phase going on is kinda high. With everyone competing for making cheap 3d printer for the home they are getting cheaper and better everyday. Just buy the Motors, Ramps, and electronics for about $200 and have someone print the joints and extruders and you can get a $400 Prusa i3.

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@freemrhello: Sure, 3D printers aren't an essential item yet, although experience wih them does look great on a resume. But think about it. Pretty much all common, everyday technology (computers, printers, cel phones, microwaves) was once expensive, clunky, and way out of reach for average consumers. As the technology matures it gets smaller, cheaper, more capable, and easier to deal with.

Computers took about 30 years to go from room-filling machines for universities & big business to an everyday household item. By comparison, 3D printers seem to be on the fast track, from $20,000+ just a few years ago to well under $500 today. Given another decade they could be yet another thing people can't imagine how they ever lived without.

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I have a friend who spent over $2,000 on his 3D printer a while ago. He prints figures he sells online and at thrift stores for $10 each and custom ones for much higher. I think to date, he's made well over $10,000 and it's paid for itself. It's a lot better now with a lot of people uploading templates online and it expands what you can print and saves you the time of having to design whichever item.