[Blabber] Opinions? - Solidoodle 3D Printer, 2nd Generation

Matthew Duepner matthewduepner14 at gmail.com
Sat May 25 18:13:11 UTC 2013


I also though it looked like a really good machine, but have recently heard
otherwise.  I vote for a vacu-former because it is something different.  I
have never even seen a vacu-former.


On Sat, May 25, 2013 at 8:46 AM, Ben S <ben.sugimori at gmail.com> wrote:

> Morning, y'all:
>
> I'm trying to decide between building a vacu-former and buying a 3D
> printer (I know building one's the way to go, but my productivity needs a
> kick in the pants).
>
> I've got a grasp of how vacu-thermo-forming works, and there's not a large
> selection of pre-made or kits for those, but having one would make
> prototyping and production more accessible.
>
> I eventually plan to build one regardless of 3D printers.
>
> BUT:
>
> A 3D printer that works with something as easy as Sketch up or Autocad123D
> programs, with a 6"² build size, for under $800, also has its appeal.
>
> I came across this little printer and thought it looked more appealing
> than most I've seen available. Of course, I know little about what makes a
> Good v. Bad 3D printer, beyond the obvious specs, so I'd appreciate
> opinions or alternatives to the Solidoodle V2 here:
>
> http://store.solidoodle.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=56
>
> Keep in mind my immediate goal isn't to LEARN something, nor to feel the
> satisfaction of building my own; I'm just looking for a means-to-an-end
> solution to my stalled productivity, allowing me to make what I'd otherwise
> have to buy (or have made for me).
>
> The time lag between concept and part availability/existence-discovery is
> causing a lot of time/momentum drag in my current projects.
>
> Though it's more than I'd normally spend, $600-$700 doesn't seem too much,
> considering the cost of shipping and sourcing specialized parts. Can you
> give me your informed take on the 3D printer linked above?
>
> Thanks, folks.
>
> BenS
>
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