dealsmakerbot replicator - $250 off for $1,749.00…

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So the business proposition here is that I should spend $1749 to get a device that will enable me to very slowly make small plastic widgets using absurdly expensive plastic filament feedstock? How much demand is there for little plastic gewgaws that look like they've had a fine-tooth comb scratch them, at a cost of about $10 for the equivalent of a chess piece? (I say this as someone who owns a RepRap Mendel... :)

If this proposition seems good to you, you might want to look at http://formlabs.com/ who will soon offer a much higher-resolution printer for perhaps $500 more.

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@gjbloom: To be honest, if I was thinking about a 3D printer, I'd be building a RepRap. Open source, with lots of people working on improvements. Also, the process of building it qualifies you to be able to maintain it. However, it is a time versus cost tradeoff.

The value proposition for these is that they let you build small parts that can't be obtained any longer. For example, they're being used to build toggle switch handles for 1980s-vintage minicomputers. If you can even find them, they're very expensive, so there's been a lot of interest in making replacements.

Thanks for the formlabs pointer - that's one I hadn't heard of.

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Thought the FL used resin at around 130 per quart, where MB uses plastic 40 for over a pound.

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The Replicator isn't worth the money. Buy a printrbot simple