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

Ben S ben.sugimori at gmail.com
Sun May 26 04:47:39 UTC 2013


I bit the 3D printed bullet - it should arrive in 5-7 weeks! 

Brings me back to a time that collecting UPC symbols from toy boxes and sending a check for shipping got you some kind of prize.

But that was 6-8 weeks, so this is more like DealExtreme....

BenS

On May 25, 2013, at 22:39, Matthew Duepner <matthewduepner14 at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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