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Assembling Your Own 3D Printer 129

adeelarshad82 writes "Following a tour of a 3D printer factory, analysts at PCMag wanted to explore the option of building a 3D printer themselves. With the help of a 3D printer manufacturer, Buildatron, they were able to compile a step-by-step guide on how to build a 3D printer."
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Assembling Your Own 3D Printer

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  • !EarlyAdopter (Score:3, Insightful)

    by bughunter ( 10093 ) <bughunter AT earthlink DOT net> on Monday January 30, 2012 @06:31PM (#38870347) Journal

    I think I'll wait until 3D printers can 3D print other 3D printers.

  • Hmm (Score:4, Insightful)

    by lisaparratt ( 752068 ) on Monday January 30, 2012 @06:33PM (#38870381)

    Looks a lot like someone put a RepRap Prusa Mendel in a box, and pretended it was a new product.

  • 3D printers suck (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Charliemopps ( 1157495 ) on Monday January 30, 2012 @06:55PM (#38870689)
    Sorry, but these things suck. Every non-mechanically inclined "geek" I know wants one... then I point out that a Combo Lathe/Mill is far far far more useful, can do metal, plastic, wood, whatever you want... and they still tell me this is better somehow... when there's only a single material medium it can work in, and that medium has an ultra low melting point for obvious reasons, isn't very durable and the damned printer costs as much as some of the nicer mills out there. Granted you can blow $100k on a mill if you really wanted to, but you could do everything you can do with a 3D printer with a mill thats under $1k and spend another $500 making it CNC... and the objects you build with it could be made out of nearly any material you can think of short of solid rock...

I've got a bad feeling about this.