3D Printing: What’s Available & What’s in store (part 2)

This is a 3D cast printed to match the person's arm and be breathable.  The sheer awesomeness of 3D printing always amazes me!

This is a 3D cast printed to match the person’s arm and be breathable. The sheer awesomeness of 3D printing always amazes me!

In my last article about 3D printing, I gave you some of the basics of why this was going to be big this year.  This go around I wanted to show you some of the printers and what they do.   First, who did their homework?  Hands up!

*Cricket sounds*

Nobody?  Do I need to get the yard stick out and rap some knuckles? 😉   *sigh*  Not like y’all don’t have enough to do already…so ok you can have a pass on this one. 🙂

Anywho…here are some of the printer models out there currently, and what’s coming down in price.

First up, the Makerbot Replicator 2x.  My company, PCM, carries these…and while they retail at $2799…I know your rep here can give you a great deal on one of these, knocking at least $100 if not more off that price.  The Replicator 2x is best known for being the model that made a robotic hand for a child.  The items it can make are 9.7in L x 6.0in W x 6.1in H…nice entry size right? The Dual Extrusion allow for two different colors, and the 100micron resolution allows for a rough draft or a finished model (no sanding required).  I know some of you are thinking, “well this sounds basic”…yes it is.  This is what entry level is. 🙂

Print your own promotional materials!!!

Print your own promotional materials!!!

Stepping up the chain we see the Makerbot Z-18 coming out this Spring…and this puppy can print 30in L x 30in W x 45in H – 3 times as big as the Replicator 2x!

2.5 Ft Long and wide by 3.5 Ft. High...come on that's cool! :)

2.5 Ft Long and wide by 3.5 Ft. High…come on that’s cool! 🙂

Let’s not forget about the Ceramics as well.  While these are listed as “sub $10,000″…they’re coming into the range of being a viable purchase.  For creative types, things like this can revolutionize pottery, and most importantly, bring production back to the United States from China.  I know you’re thinking, “what does making teacups have to do with our economy, Mike?”  Everything.  Prices come down…WAY down.  The cost of shipping things internationally across the Pacific Ocean, with added shipping time is insane.  Why is the iphone $600?   Do the shipping math.  It’s vicious.  😛
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There’s so much to see and do with this topic…I’m almost overwhelmed and out of time. 🙂  Take a look and talk back to me.  Your thoughts and comments are VERY welcome.
Have a Happy Tuesday! 🙂
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