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3d Printers South Africa

Kwd1989

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Jun 22, 2016
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#1
Hi Guys

Im looking for a 3d printer in SA
Preferably with a bigger print bed
Any recommendations?
Don't have that big a budget for the Makerbot Replicator 1 (R38000)

thanks
 

Kwd1989

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Jun 22, 2016
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#3
ABS, PLA and exotics if possible but would be happy with ABS and PLA for a start.
Preferably High Quality
 

skeptic_SA

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#5
Last year I bought a high quality 3D printer and use it to make other high quality 3D printers. PM for unbelievable pricing.
 

Kwd1989

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#7
Last year I bought a high quality 3D printer and use it to make other high quality 3D printers. PM for unbelievable pricing.

beginner with 3d printing,
I heard PLA is quite difficult to get right the first time and ABS is also tricky without a heated bed
 
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#8
Also, Why do you want a bigger print bed?
I have been working with a group of engineers designing and building a "Low cost professional quality heated chamber 3D printer" And by low cost, I really mean "LOW COST". (Aiming for 50% Ultimaker 2) We are pushing the boundary on "Minimum Viable Product" when it comes to professional quality 3D printer. We have our first rough prototype up and running, we started with a 250x250x300 build volume, but we now know this was a mistake, as there is never time to use that MASSIVE volume with a 0.4mm nozzle! The commercial products like the Dimension uPrint have much more realistic volumes (203 x 152 x 152 mm). We have decided to build our second prototype with a 200x200x200 volume, which is still MASSIVE for high resolution prints. The only realistic way to print really large parts is with a LARGE nozzle... we have a LARGE printer with a 1.75mm nozzle hot end on the back burner... but to get these products ready for market takes many many man hours of hard work... we aren't there yet... but let me know if you want to be one of the first Beta tester's for a special price.
 

Kwd1989

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#9
Also, Why do you want a bigger print bed?
I have been working with a group of engineers designing and building a "Low cost professional quality heated chamber 3D printer" And by low cost, I really mean "LOW COST". (Aiming for 50% Ultimaker 2) We are pushing the boundary on "Minimum Viable Product" when it comes to professional quality 3D printer. We have our first rough prototype up and running, we started with a 250x250x300 build volume, but we now know this was a mistake, as there is never time to use that MASSIVE volume with a 0.4mm nozzle! The commercial products like the Dimension uPrint have much more realistic volumes (203 x 152 x 152 mm). We have decided to build our second prototype with a 200x200x200 volume, which is still MASSIVE for high resolution prints. The only realistic way to print really large parts is with a LARGE nozzle... we have a LARGE printer with a 1.75mm nozzle hot end on the back burner... but to get these products ready for market takes many many man hours of hard work... we aren't there yet... but let me know if you want to be one of the first Beta tester's for a special price.
by reasonable size print bed I mean 200x200x200 would be fine,
the mini printers 100x100x100 would just be too small
 

AstroTurf

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#10
We are also looking for a 3d printer but will very rarely need to print very big, biggest I think we would print is around 120x100x10mm
But we want great detail, and no more than R45K cost at the very most.
 

Drifter

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#11
We are also looking for a 3d printer but will very rarely need to print very big, biggest I think we would print is around 120x100x10mm
But we want great detail, and no more than R45K cost at the very most.
Ever thought of outsourcing your 3D printing? For a start.
 

Ice2Cool

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#12
If you are looking for a 3d printer purely for messing around and not doing anything serious, I would go with a Prusa i3 style printer - you can pick up a kit from diyelectronics.co.za - they are not great and more just an entry point into 3d printing but theyre about R6500.

Next up from this is a Wanhao i3 for around 7500, same platform as a prusa but the build is alot more sturdy - http://www.3dprintingstore.co.za/3d...rs/wanhao-duplicator-i3-version-2-3d-printer/

Next up is something like the davinci http://www.takealot.com/xyzprinting-da-vinci-1-0a-3d-printer/PLID39153723 which is around 11000, has a proper enclosure and will provide better quality prints.
 
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#13
Prusa i3 style printers are a good starting point, but don't expect stellar quality prints, I have seen some sub R10k Deltabots print really high quality in PLA. Be careful of the Davinci 1.0, apparently the print quality is terrible and although it has a cheap price tag, you will pay for it later by the cost of the proprietary print cartridges. (They are using the same "Razor and Blades" business model as regular paper printers: give the hardware away cheap and make a killing off the print cartridges.)

I can vouch for the www.3dprintingstore.co.za they are a professional operation, speedy service, well priced. (Have used them many times.)
 

Kwd1989

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Jun 22, 2016
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#15
Do anyone of you guys have a Wanhao Duplicator 4S, Wanhao Duplicator 5S ,Wanhao Duplicator 6?
Would you guys recommend any of them
CAD House sells them. They do not do the Flashforge models anymore.
Was interested in the Flashforge Creator Pro
 
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#16
I would start with a wanhao i3. If you are willing to spend the money I would go with an Ultimaker 2+, not a makerbot - http://za.rs-online.com/web/p/3d-printers/9188695/
after following that link, I stumbled on this:

http://za.rs-online.com/web/p/3d-printers/9031321/?origin=PSF_483199|alt

Dual print head, heated, no fuss build platform, slick looking machine... seems hard to beat at R19k

Here is their 3D Hubs review:

https://www.3dhubs.com/3d-printers/cel-robox
 

saor

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Feb 3, 2012
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#20
Test print.
0.4 nozzle, not sure what layer height is.
Will dig in properly in the coming days.

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