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    Recommend me a 3D printer

    A large sum of money seems to have appeared out of nowhere to buy a 3D printer for our Art Department.

    I've got a budget of 5k which has to include everything (Hardware, Materials and Software).

    So which companies and products should I be looking at. I saw a few at BET this year but cant even remember the names.
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    I'm assuming you want to purchase a ready built one rather than a kit to build one?

    The UP Printer is one you could look at.

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    The Makerbot Replicator 2

    It’s only £1500 + £44 for a 1KG of plastic

    RoboSavvy UK Store - MakerBot Replicatorô 2 Desktop 3D Printer
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    For material in all sorts of colours if you get a filament printer take a look at Faberdashery Ltd. - 3D Printing Things

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    The Makerbot Replicator 2

    It’s only £1500 + £44 for a 1KG of plastic

    RoboSavvy UK Store - MakerBot Replicator™ 2 Desktop 3D Printer
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    Thanks, that looks perfect!

    What about software?

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    •Software Bundle: MakerWare™ Bundle 1.0
    •File Types: .stl, .obj, .thing
    •Supported OSs:
    Windows (XP/7),
    Ubuntu Linux (10.04+),
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    Thanks we're going to order that one. Maybe even 2!

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    I'm buildng 2 of these:

    Reprap Prusa Mendel 3D Printer Kits In Stock Only £499 Delivered | How Tos | Build Manual & Instructicons and then hoefully going to laser cut and print the parts for at least one of these Tantillus - The Portable Open Source 3D Printer

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    @plexer how did you get on with this? I'm torn between the Mendel and a Printrbot of some description at the moment.

    (this is for me, not the school).

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    @pete absolutely fine mate one was finished last january and I used it almost daily for the last year until I left the job last month.

    Have a partially built frame to one in the office at home at the moment as well.

    Printed a couple of km of pla filament through it in a year

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    After watching the Printrbot build videos, I'm not convinced I want to spend time with sandpaper pulleys, fishing line and zip-ties as vital components for a printer. So I'm leaning towards a Prusa i2 or i3.
    @plexer. Did you buy from NextDayReprap in the end? I'm pondering Kits : eMAKERshop as a source.

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    @pete nope we bought direct from RepRapPro and bought the mono mendel which is the generation before their current one they are currently selling these through emakershop.

    They also have a new printer the Ormerod that can be bought from RS Components.

    Nextdayreprap showed out of stock when we tried to buy and their phone number is disconnected so I would avoid them.

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