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    3d Printer - Create Functional Objects By Scanning And Then Printing Them



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    We have one of these at our school!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmoseley View Post
    We have one of these at our school!
    I hadn't realised that they had gone so 'mainstream' [if that is the right word] as to be affordable to schools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    I hadn't realised that they had gone so 'mainstream' [if that is the right word] as to be affordable to schools.
    Depends what you call affordable :P Last time I looked zcorp machines were averaging $35k, so say £20k~

    Not much difference to a good quality laser cutter etc (well ish )

    Did a fair bit with zcorp machines at uni, the main cost (well imo) is the price per sq. in. $3 an inch, may not sound much, but think even a 5*5*5 item you're talking nearly $400.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    ...but think even a 5*5*5 item you're talking nearly $400.

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    Too rich for our blood [to coin a phrase]

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveP View Post
    Too rich for our blood [to coin a phrase]
    Aye :P Great for prototyping etc, not so great for production. A wrench (to quote the film) that suddenly is costing say $100 :P yeah... lol

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    I dont think it was cheap at the time, its quite an old bit of kit I think now...Its definetly not as saphisticated as the one in the video....It uses white powder though, very good it of kit, we also have a laser cutter, that is impressive!

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    Anyone impressed by this would probably like this show (Prototype This):
    An overview of the show:

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    and now there is one that prints in chocolate

    BBC News - Printer produces personalised 3D chocolate

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    We have one at our school too, being a technology college (at the time when we got it). It cost about £26k I believe, and is now being run as a radiator as DT can't afford to run it. I think a fan went once and the supplier tried to charge £120 to replace it - the DT tech bought a normal case fan for a computer for a few bob and that did the trick.

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