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Postby TheCatt » Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:53 pm

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Postby GORDON » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:25 pm

What do you think.... 7 yeas before 3D printers are sub-$500, and showing up in homes in great numbers?
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Postby TheCatt » Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:55 pm

The big breakthroughs will be when the precision gets a lot better, and the variety of materials/colors/etc increases. We're still (mostly) in the monochrome world of "cheap" 3d printing.

When you can 3d print something that will stand the test of time, like metal... that'll be awesome.
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Postby Malcolm » Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:03 pm

GORDON wrote:What do you think.... 7 yeas before 3D printers are sub-$500, and showing up in homes in great numbers?

Given the reliability and user-friendliness of the standard 2D printer, the 3D version may have a couple more hurdles to overcome. Then there's crippling it so it can't produce anything complex or potentially harmful.
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Postby TPRJones » Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:30 pm

I wouldn't worry about that, the thing about 3D printers is as they get better you can use them to print 3D printers. The hardware hackers will make sure that there's a market and supply for 3D printers that aren't limited in what they are allowed to print.

The hurdle right now is the technology itself. There's really good and there's really cheap but they are worlds apart yet.
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Postby Cakedaddy » Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:46 pm

I think they will be <$500 in 3 years.

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Postby Vince » Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:29 am

Heh... turned out everyone really overshot the time on the "below $500". I bought an Ender 3 this past week. Some assembly required, but getting great reviews. Think it's nearing the end of its run and Creality will come out with their next low end machine. Just a guess on my part, but supply is starting to dry up.

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Postby Cakedaddy » Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:52 pm

When did they go below $300?

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Postby Vince » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:05 pm

Cakedaddy wrote:Source of the post When did they go below $300?

You're right. I misread the date on those posts. I think the Ender 3 came out early this year. I am seeing youtube videos for printers under $500 in 2016.

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Postby Cakedaddy » Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:10 pm

June of 2016, there's an article with a $200 printer from monoprice.

The next question is, were they worth buying/using.

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Postby Vince » Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:59 am

I think Monoprice are not great. Probably were worth it to scale of cost, but that's it. 3D printers in general require more TLC than most electronic/mechanical devices. I've heard a lot of complaints about the level of TLC required with many of the Monoprice printers.

The base model of the Creality Ender 3 is around $200 and everyone is saying they are as good as the $800 printers on print quality and with and with a few cheap upgrades are great printers with overall quality. I'll let you know on my experience with it.

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Postby Vince » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:54 am

Had to order a replacement for the Ender 3. Controller board seemed to have a failure within the first 4 hours of use. If you get a 3D printer, I'd suggest Amazon. Might be able to find it cheaper in other places, but the no questions returns makes it worth it if you have an issue. Seen a few horror stories of people having trouble getting exchanges or refunds from other tech web stores. So far (knock on wood) so good with this one.

As I gain a greater understanding on the design of the printer, I'm more and more amazed at how tight our electronic and mechanical tolerances are today. At any given time during a print, the print nozzle has no way to determine where it is. Switches tell it where home (0,0,0) is when the print job starts and it goes from there. The printer has no way to monitor how much plastic is being fed through the nozzle. You can go on-line and see a number of spectacular failures, but the fact that anything gets printed is impressive.


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