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Its been a few weeks since I decided I would like to get a 3d Printer and I have finally decided to bite the bullet and get one. For those of you who do not know what a 3D Printer is, it essentially allows you to design 3 Dimensional Models on your Computer and then actually create them with a 3D printer. 3D printers work by laying down very fine layers of melted plastic to create the object you have designed.
The crazy thing about this is, it should revolutionize home manufacturing. Lets say you break a part or component or just need something particular made of plastic. Many items have already been designed, you can grab the file and just print it up at home! If you are really feeling the creative itch, you can essentially make just about anything you can think of. It is going to allow everyday people who may not have an engineering background to be able to "imagine & create".
While 3D printers have been around for a while, they have only recently become somewhat affordable. With time, we are going to see more companies getting involved, but as of right now the 2 that are the most interesting to me are Maker Bot and Cubify.
I've been researching them both for some time now, and decided to go with the Replicator 2x for the following reasons:
- Cost is $2500 (this is a little misleading because it only comes with 1 nozzle)
- You can upgrade it to have 3 nozzles, or extruders.
- Must pay a $500 upgrade to get the second nozzle, and an additional $1000 for the third.
- Must convert files to a proprietary ".cubex" format before printing
- Plastic is $100 per roll
Im really excited to get my hands into one of these systems as I have many things I have dreamed of making on them, I will definitely bring you guys along for the ride, but Ill have at least 2 months to wait. Ill keep you posted.
Have you purchased either of these 3 day printers? We would love to hear back from you and hear what you think! Please post your comments below!