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3D Printer Survey

A survey of hobby 3D printers, with the goal of helping newbies decide what they might want.

Craig Zupke

on 14 March 2013

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Transcript of 3D Printer Survey

Do Your Research Community Web Sites http://www.reprap.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_printing Company Web Sites http://www.makerbot.com/ http://mendelmax.com/tikiwiki/tiki-index.php?page=MendelMax http://printrbot.com/ http://www.ultimaker.com/ http://pp3dp.com/ http://www.solidoodle.com/ http://www.shapercube.com/start/index IRC
(Internet Relay Chat) #reprap
#repsnapper Frame Moving
Parts Extruder Electronics Micro-
controller Stepper
Drivers Power Supply Motors Gears Pulleys and
Belts Hot End Hobbed Bolt Designs Wood
Threaded Rod
Extruded Aluminum
Plastic Materials Design "A" frame


Other Characteristics Cost
Stiffness NEMA 17 Stepper
Inductance Printed
Laser Cut
Commercial Printed
Commercial Anti-Backlash Linear Slides Bushings
self aligning
Drill Rod
Threaded rod
Smooth Rod
MakerSlide Ceramic
Nichrome wire
Thermocouple/thermister Make it yourself
Professionally machined Extruder adjacent to hot end
Less play
More mass to move
Remote Extruder (Bowden)
Less mass
Less space (multiple extruders)
More play (hysteresis) ANATOMY OF A 3D PRINTER Complete System Build it
Yourself Kits Self Source $ $ The Path to Your Own Printer Which path? http://forums.reprap.org/
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