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!
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. 🙂
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!