Over the years, we've seen a number of companies bring high-quality 3D printing mainstream with the creation of affordable 3D printers. At the forefront of the industry is Makerbot and its Replicator 3D printers. The company may have just recently came out with its new and improved Replicator 2, but it looks like it may already have some serious competition.
Dubbed the Form 1, this 3D printer promises to create models sufficient enough for most professional engineers. According to its creators, there are currently no low-cost 3D printers that meet the quality standards of the professional designer. As researchers of the MIT Media Lab, the bunch has very high standards when it comes to quality.
To put into perspective the exact level of quality the Form 1 offers, the printer can print layers as thin as 25 microns (0.001 in) with features as small as 300 microns (0.012 in) in a build volume of 4.9 x 4.9 x 6.5 in. Makerbot's Replicator 2 on the other hand is only capable of layers as small as 100 micron, though the build volume is quite a bit larger at 11.2 x 6.0 x 6.1 in.
Started Wednesday, the Form 1 3D printer has already reached over $1,000,000 in funding, more than 10x its goal of $100,000. Achieving $800,000 in its first 24 hours, the Form 1 has been selling like hotcakes. While the initial price tiers came in at $2,299 and $2,499, engineers and crafty hobbyists will now have to contribute $2,699 or more for their own Form 1. For more information on the project or to contribute yourself, head on over to its Kickstarter page here.
0.35mm (350 microns) nozzles are the standard and ones down to 0.15mm are available.
And people can go down to 0.01mm (10 micron) layers.
Check out this for RepRap print quality (admittedly one of the highest quality printed parts ever):
i can actually see myself getting this to create special design pc parts, like fan vents and much more. but how much does the actual plastic like subs-tense you build whit cost ?
cuss if the machine is pricey but the build material is low cost its not to much of a problem.
They are nowhere near as strong or durable as injection molded parts... i.e. they are pretty much for prototyping and little else.
it would probably also be all the kick i need to really learn a 3d program, what with being able get a physical coppy of what i make and all.
people who routinely make/buy/paint mainatures.
could print your own custom game pieces,
could probably fabricate body parts for small cars just to make them look cooler
or could completely fabricate your own car body (rc)
you want an action figure, or something cool looking, well here you go
granted i would neve buy into this at ovr 2 grand, but if you got it down to about 2-500$ i could see buying it, but only if the material they use is cheap.
but the lcd because the standard of what we get tvs by, same with plasma
color lazer printers are also a multi function device
a 3d printer, im afraid will always be a specialty item, unless they get so good that you can print most if nto all the things you use.