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Old Feb 6, 2016, 03:44 PM   #1
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I know there have been threads on this in the past, but wanted to start a new one. I just bought a cheap 3D printer, the M3D Micro, and printed my first part, and it really came out nicely. I bought the 3D printer to help me make my guitar pickups, and I can already tell it's going to work splendidly.

Here's my first part:



It's a small piece meant for calibrating backlash and other settings. It actually printed out nearly perfectly, even fits a nickel in the middle like it's supposed to. I had to leave for work, but I left it printing a spool holder.

Does anyone else have a 3D printer? I've already started window shopping for my next one, probably a 10" MakerFarm Prusa i3v. The main downside to the M3D Micro is it has to always be plugged into the PC while running. It's also a bit slow.
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Old Feb 6, 2016, 04:32 PM   #2
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I don't have one, but at work I have a lot of specialized parts printed. I've learned that 3D printing is great for some things but not good for others. It depends on the precision you need, and the geometry of the part. I hope it keeps working for what you need.
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Just imagine what it will be doing in the next ten years
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I want one, but I don't have the finances to afford or justify it, since it would basically only be for hobby projects.


There's a ton of technologies for 3d printers and the basic extrusion ones are the least expensive and most prevalent, but there are plenty of printers that do work well for higher precision and durability. I believe the printers they made the first 3d printed metal guns and the rocket engines on used laser sintering, so you have a layer of metal powder laid down on the stage, a laser heats a pattern into it melting the particles together in a very thin sheet, then another layer of powder is put down and the process repeats - it's much more accurate than conventional extrusion because the focus and drive mechanisms of the laser is the limiting factor and it can make much more durable, solid metal parts.... but it takes much longer and is much more expensive.

There's also fancy milling machines that effectively act like subtractive printers (I think that can still be called a printer ), but which can get their cutting bits into much tighter spaces than a normal CnC machine.

I don't know of specific single machines, but your best bet for speed and cost effectiveness right now is probably an extrusion printer that can lay down a filament of a very durable plastic combined with one of these 3d milling machines - so you can mill down to a tighter tolerance and better finish where you need it, but you don't have to start with sheet or block stock.


It's really neat technology and it's really neat to see it progress. So much of the hobby market is still built off of very simple, fairly slow control loops, but it seems like we've got the tech to get 2x the accuracy or better without too much added expense with just some revised heads/control mechanisms... and there are a number of startups trying to do just that.
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Should have said holding out for one that doesn't cost $500,000.00....

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