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

Matthew Duepner matthewduepner14 at gmail.com
Sun May 26 02:39:53 UTC 2013


It definitely looks great, I just haven't talked with all that many people
who have used it.
On May 25, 2013 10:14 PM, "Justin Levinson" <localtalent at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> Solidoodle.
>
> 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.
>
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> 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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