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    HP 3D Printer - anyone thinking about one?

    Evening guys,

    I'm not sure if anyone will be looking at this as it's a serious bit of kit that has a serious cost of around £15k!

    However, if you are looking into this seriously, I can arrange a "try before you buy" trial for up to 3 months. It's a new offer we can get through HP.

    The trial does cost £x per month though, depending on what option you go for, because some people have used it just to do certain jobs which isn't what HP want, surprisingly

    Anyway, if you want more info, just let me know

    Ta

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    Quote Originally Posted by Millgate View Post
    ... serious cost of around £15k!.
    * chokes on cuppa * I earn less than that per annum (I am part-time though)

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    Saw these at the Universities my daughter was looking at - they are called prototypers there and they make fascinating things. They are seriously exciting kit - fascinating to see them making something with interlinking cogs that you couldnt make by putting pieces together.

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    I know! HP said they have had interest from some schools so I thought I'd put it on here

    I had something similar when I was at school but obviously it was a lot more basic!

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    The ones that make metal parts are even more impressive.

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    Our tech dept are building a reprap.

    RepRap Project - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Bet that's quite a project! Post pics when they've done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Millgate View Post
    Bet that's quite a project! Post pics when they've done!
    Will do!
    They have bought most of the parts, the initial cost is around £500 but after that you can replicate about 50% of a reprap machine if you already have one.

    edit: this is probably a better link for others here interested in low-cost 3D printing

    http://reprap.org/wiki/Main_Page
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    I want to build a reprap probably a huxley, rapid prototyping equipment is cool.

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    I've had used one before, well not a HP one as such, it used HP 10 Print heads and a HP engine. It was a Z-Corp model and was very clever stuff and an art to watch, this is similar to it - ZPrinter® 150 what I found though was running costs were quite high and it was time consuming to do stuff with it but a good idea I guess if you have that kind of money.

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    There was a giant RepRap on hackaday.com last night. Sorry, can't posta link as it's blocked from here.

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    I have been looking into 3d printers recently.. the SUMPOD was looking really good at under £300 as a kit..

    SUMPOD 3D PRINTER -- IndieGoGo

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    Once you have a 3D printer you can print more!

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