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Dremel gives high-tech tools a spin with $999 3D printer
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 Posted: Sat Sep 20th, 2014 07:23 pm
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http://www.cnet.com/news/dremel-gives-high-tech-tools-a-spin-with-999-3d-printer/



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Another addition to the Man Cave???

Find out what the resolution is before you buy--finer resolution = more $$

Less money = ?

May make lumps that are useless for model work. And, like printers, the resin is where they make the money.

Don't throw your Exacto knife away.

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No plans on my buying something like this. I'm old school... styrene, wood, glue... and beer... constitutes my scratchbuilding approach.

Just figured I'd share the info for the guys into this type of tech.



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A good quality 3D printer at a decent price probably would cause a good-sized dent in the kit market. Jose.



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One thing that I think many ignore (or don't know) is that what you get out of out of those things is only as good as the drawing--in this case a CAD file--that you provide.

So if you want to go this route, you have to know, or learn, a 3D CAD drafting program.

And that takes a lot longer than most think.

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3D CAD is something taught in high school drafting class these days. Sure, for some old farts like us it may take some time to learn but for the younger, not so much. But then how many of the younger generation build models anything these days?

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Awww geez Louise... the time's a' comin when NOBODY will know how to use an Exacto knife or glue. But guess what-frankly Scarlet, I don't give a damn!

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The printer looks nice but most of my N scale chassis are less than $15 at Shapeways and their nylon material is probably better suited for that purpose than the plastic used in the Dremel (and others of that type).  I really want a 3D printer but it would take a *lot* of chassis to break even.

I use ProEngineer (now Creo) to design my parts, mostly because that is what I learned on at my job.  One reason I have the chassis 3D printed is because they can print things that can't be reasonably machined.



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It would seem that 3D could take a lot of fun out of scratchbuilding but there is a place for everything and may actually help in some cases. I seem to recall much the same argument about laser kits. Some will like t some won't. Kind of like politics.
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I would have to agree with Clif K about losing the enjoyment of scratch building. But, and there is always a but, it will help in making complex parts easier for a mold to cast many in a short period of time.

Bowser had a page up showing that they are going to use 3D printing to manufacture parts, but the page is no longer there. Wonder if it didn't work out for them.

This is the system that Bowser has to create parts. Check out the videos. Some very interesting stuff here. The price seems high for a home unit. They are coming down in price.

http://www.3dsystems.com/projet1200

I'll never be in the need for one. But it would be nice to know a modeling buddy who would buy one and be able to use it. L:  :)

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