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

Justin Levinson localtalent at gmail.com
Sun May 26 02:14:27 UTC 2013

It's a pretty solid machine with a simple design at a good price.  Built
locally, if that's important to you.  Makes nice prints, that octopus with
the monocle and top hat (check the random printed crap bin) came off a

Keep in mind that no machine is going to run totally maintenance free -
even the Solidoodle guys cop to that.  Bed leveling, occasional
lubrication, bolt tightening, etc. is par for the course.  That said, when
you're the only user, the machines need a lot less tweaking.

$500-700 is the 'budget' range, and if you want to buy a fully assembled
printer you aren't swimming in options.  I'd probably jump on the
Solidoodle, personally, although Matthew's had great experience with his
Printrbot Jr.

On Sat, May 25, 2013 at 2:13 PM, Matthew Duepner <matthewduepner14 at gmail.com
> wrote:

> 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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