I am experimenting with a view to develop medical instruments. We are currently working with e drawings and wish tp 3d print the models created that will be less than 1foot long
What 3d printers would be recommended?
I recommend that you send your models (or something representative) to a service that has several types and get examples.
You have not indicated how much you are willing to pay for this technology.
A Stratasys Dimensions machine is relatively inexpensive and has a build envelope of approximately that size. The build material for this machind is ABS plastic.
Whatabout a makerbot replicator 2x?
Toy for kids or students interested in getting started in this technology.
Expect to spend minimum of $40k USD, and the material is pretty expensive (think of buying color ink for your $125 paper printer).
I disagree. I have a 3D printing service that I've started up, and a Replicator 2 or 2X can create some very good functional prototypes. The differences will be in layer resolution, but as an example my company's 4 year old Dimension Elite printer died, and my Replicator 2X is able to provide prototypes that are of the same quality or better.
In my opinion, and experience, it's more about the "voodoo" magic behind the print settings and part design than just plugging in a 3D printer and expecting good results.
J. Mather wrote: Toy for kids or students interested in getting started in this technology. Expect to spend minimum of $40k USD, and the material is pretty expensive (think of buying color ink for your $125 paper printer).
J. Mather wrote:
I agree with you Corey. Makerbots are definitely not toys. We've used ours to make all kinds of brackets, supports, mounts, coolling fan ducts, adaptors and many other gizmos, which would have cost us thousands of dollars using conventional methods.
Of course the Makerbot can also be used to make toys ... ummm, so I've been told.
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