3D printing research link dump

I’m looking into getting a 3D printer for reasons, and this is the link dump for that research. Not constructed for public consumption, but you are welcome to come in (in the same way that my storage room is not fit for company, but if you want to poke around while I have it open…)

Today we’re looking at software requirements.

http://www.3ders.org/3d-printing-basics.html

A very basic FAQ site.

http://www.3ders.org/3d-software/3d-software-list.html

and their list of software.

Makerbot’s flowchart:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:232578

 

Wikipedia – because I’m not being graded for this assignment:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_printing

 

Now for some shopping around:

http://3d-printers.toptenreviews.com/

So 2-3 grand for the top name brand models.

Wirde on how SLA beats FFF except when you want to actually buy the thing:

http://www.wired.com/2012/07/3-d-printers-that-dont-suck/

Same model FFF (filament layering) on left. SLA on right.

So let me explain real quick. There are two basic consumer-level 3D printing technology approaches. One is the FFF approach which adds layers of melted filament – essentially a highly precise glue gun. This is fast and cheap but with real limits on the resolution. This is waht most of the consumer level printers use.

The other approach is laser or even photemetric reduction of resin, where lasers, or even specific light melts a volume of resin. This is more expensive, both for the printers and the resin but the results are far superior.

 

An example of a good laser/resin printer:

http://www.muve3d.net/press/product/muve-1-3d-printer-2/

(this is a kit – remember, off-the-shelf does not exist yet.)

A review of a highly rated FFF printer for similar money:

http://3d-printers.toptenreviews.com/mbot-grid-review.html

 

So if I’m willing to learn Blender, I can do what I want for $2k,  or  $2.5 k comfortably.

Now you know.

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