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Believe it or not the printer on the right was 159 dollars. Its not as expensive as it use to be.
Oh wow, that is pretty cheap. When I was looking at them they where still in the four hundred or so dollar range (and like i said, with no technical know how, thats a lot of money to fork over for what would likely turn into a really expensive paper weight). Technology, despite my fascination with it, is not my strong suit, is it hard to use the programs to create custom pieces?
You have to know how or be willing to learn how to use drawing programs like fusion 360
so is it hand drawn or are you just putting in vectors?
Believe or not you can do either.
Well I was specifically asking which you use (the hand drawn seems a lot harder). Back in the day you had to use something like CAD to design things but that was back when I was in highschool so I don't really know much about the recent technology.
I use Tinker Cad, and Auto Desk Fusion 360.. Some times.. and its rare, i do hand drawn. The only time i did that was for a foot for my keyboard that i could not find a replacement for.
Ah okay. Did it take long to learn all that, or is it relatively intuitive?
It took a bit, having experience in other art programs helps. If you've never done it, it might be a pain to learn though.
Yeah I kind of figured that (unfortuantley). I'm curious though, what materials can you use for it? Is it only one specific type of plastic or can you utilize other things with it?
There are a number of materials. No metal obviously cause it doesn't get near hot enough. But you can use Nylon, ABS, PET, PETE, PETG, PLA, PLA+ and PLA MAX.. As well as certain kinds of wood filaments.. Dont ask me on those lol i have no idea how they work.
Interesting (haven't heard of the wood fillament ones). I know the industrial ones can use some metals and other materials but that is actually pretty crazy how far they have come in such a short time.
I like it because i can make something in 3D in software, and see it created in real life.. I also like it because of the utility aspect of it. I have a very nice keyboard on my computer. One which they do not make any more. It has a broken foot. I made and 3d printed a replacement. I have made shelves with it. And dozens of other things. Thingiverse. com is your best friend when it comes to ideas and things to print.
Oh best part.. The tow printers you saw in the first pic.. The one on the left is 230 the one on the right was 150 when i bought it. Both are fantastic and really easy to use.
Great. Yeah, it seems really interesting. Are things still expensive? I heard that they're becoming more affordable and will only continue continue do so in the near future.Also, have you seen some of the metal 3d printers? They're incredible.
I have seen the metal ones, those are incredibly expensive though.. Filament is not expensive if you limit your self to PLA, PLA+ and PLA MAX. ABS isn't bad either but it produces fumes.. PETG and PETE is really expensive right now. The machines aren't expensive any more either.. There is one i saw recently that was under 100 bucks. Its cheap, it prints, but its very cheaply made and very small. A good mid range is 160 to 300. As mentioned both of mine are under that mark.. Then there is the resin printer. I have one called Elegoo Mars. Its a good printer too but its closer to 300. Its incredibly high detail. but only really does small parts.
Well I certainly look forward to getting into it. I appreciate the info
The two machines in the first image are the easiest to use. The one on the right especially. Its a bit smaller but it comes 95% assembled and ready to go. and its just 150 bucks on amazon when i bought it. Could be a bit higher now though. Its a Kingroon KP3s
its easier than you might think. I have three printers in total. A Resin printer, and two FDM printers. I 3d printed a bunch of our Christmas ornaments this year.. And i have 3d printed a bunch of tools and things we use around the house. Its kind of fantastic. best part, The wife is very supportive of the hobby. She even builds models for me to print.