Anyway, a 3D printer is the latest toy everyone wants and amazingly, you can build one as a partwork. Not once, but twice.
V3 3D Printer. Supported by TV advertising, the machine certainly looks pretty.
The spec is:
Price £625 although you can buy the whole lot in one go for £699 if you can't wait a year.
Build your Own 3D Printer version. Not as pretty but a slightly higher spec:
- Body size: 250 (width) × 250 (depth) × 275 (height) mm
- Weight: about 5kg
- Modeling method: Fused deposition modeling
- Maximum modeling Size: 150 (width) × 130 (depth) × 100 (height) mm
- Nozzle diameter: 0.4mm
- Stacking pitch: 0.1mm
- Modeling speed: 100mm per second
- Filament size: PLA, ABS* each 1.75mm
- Corresponding OS: Windows 7 or more, Mac OS X
- Use the software - AutoDesk123D: Design to create an object or 3D artwork.
- Corresponding 3D printing software: Repetier Host is scheduled to idbox customized version. Software is subject to change, but you can use the ones you have customized for idbox!
Both look like interesting machines and if someone offered me one for free, I'd jump at the chance. Even with 0.2mm resolution it would be a lot of fun although too coarse for many serious model making applications. As a test before having a bureau print the final high-res version, you could save an awful lot of time by having on on the end of the workbench.
Printrbot Simple Simple desktop 3D printer.
OK, it's fallen out of the ugly tree and hit a few branches on the way down, but the spec looks OK:
- Filament type: PLA 1.75mm
- Build volume: 100 x 100 x 100mm
- Temperature: 180-210 C
- Layer height: 0.1-0.4mm
- Nozzle size: 0.4mm
- Power: 110-240V AC, 50/60Hz
- Connections: USB
- Software: User download, Repetier Host recommended
- Formats read: .stl .obj
- Operating systems: Windows (XP to 8), Mac OSX 10.6 and after, Linux/Ubuntu
- Printer dimensions: 265h x 195w x 290d mm
- Printer weight: 2.79kgs / 6.2lbs
The V3 printer looks fantastic and I love the idea of assembling it myself. Cudos to the team who worked out how to turn it in to a partwork too. I wonder how many will be bought and built? I'd be tempted to buy it all in one go though. After all, by the time the machine is finished, technology is likely to have moved on - will it be obsolete by the time it's ready to use?
Personally, I'll be checking out the car boot sales in 12 months as I have a feeling these are the new coffee makers - people will find that CAD isn't nearly as easy as you think and there is limited fun to be had with freely downloadable files. The results won't look like they came out of an injection moulding machine either.
However, this is proper technology for making things being turned in to a consumer item. Even if a tiny number of people who play with these things decide to delve further than develop their skills then we all could reap the benefits. After all, it worked with Sinclair computers back in the 1980s...