Affordable (?) MakerBot 3D printer at 2011 CES

Affordable (?) MakerBot 3D printer at 2011 CES

Postby railtwister » Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:36 pm

You all may have already seen this video interview, from the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, but I found it to be really cool. Rather than a type of epoxy, the owner of the company says it prints 3D in ABS plastic. I'm almost afraid to ask what "affordable" is. Here's the link:



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Re: Affordable (?) MakerBot 3D printer at 2011 CES

Postby areibel » Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:53 pm

$1299 for the kit, according to their website-
http://store.makerbot.com/makerbot-thing-o-matic.html

Looks cool, but I'd want to see some of the finished products for the finish and detail rendering.
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Re: Affordable (?) MakerBot 3D printer at 2011 CES

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:49 pm

I second areible's comments. I'd like to see a finished product.
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Re: Affordable (?) MakerBot 3D printer at 2011 CES

Postby BTTB Fan » Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:08 pm

The detail on the double helix at 1:33-1:37 looks OK.
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Re: Affordable (?) MakerBot 3D printer at 2011 CES

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:45 pm

Towards the end there are a few objects where you can clearly see the separate layers. I think at this point, the MakerBot is lacking the resolution of even the crudest Shapeways materials. Maybe in a few evolutions.
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Re: Affordable (?) MakerBot 3D printer at 2011 CES

Postby dileTTante » Sun Apr 03, 2011 11:15 pm

Perhaps of interest--- http://reprap.org/wiki/Main_Page
RepRap is a free desktop 3D printer capable of printing plastic objects. Since many parts of RepRap are made from plastic and RepRap can print those parts, RepRap is a self-replicating machine - one that anyone can build given time and materials. It also means that - if you've got a RepRap - you can print lots of useful stuff, and you can print another RepRap for a friend...

Kit available $799 --advertised on the page but separate from the organization.
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Re: Affordable (?) MakerBot 3D printer at 2011 CES

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Apr 04, 2011 12:57 am

Watch the video on the wiki page - very cool.
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Re: Affordable (?) MakerBot 3D printer at 2011 CES

Postby scaro » Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:01 am

it's frustrating in a way in that i think the shapeways technology is about one jump away from being where we need it to be for model railway products. i wonder how long it is between leaps and jumps in this field, and if it's a bit like like london buses, ie, you'd just about given up waiting when two or three come along at once.
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Re: Affordable (?) MakerBot 3D printer at 2011 CES

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:07 am

SW recently sent out a questionnaire asking about new materials. I "voted" for stronger, higher detail and, smoother surface finish. Maybe we'll see something soon?
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Re: Affordable (?) MakerBot 3D printer at 2011 CES

Postby scaro » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:45 am

hmm, sounds like they might be thinking in that direction. but generally you'd think *most* of the things rendered in the material would be better if the surface were smoother (and the stuff more resistant to heat and warping.) however, it might be that this comes at a cost. i guess model railroaders would be prepared to pay that, someone making light shades or sculptures might not care. i'm told it is because it's an adapted printing process that the roughness occurs, ie, what looks like a flat surface is in fact a sequence of dots. i guess the way ahead is to use a material that is amenable to making smaller dots?
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